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Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. According to the 2013 New Zealand census, the usually-resident population of the Hokitika urban area was 2,967, a decrease of 111 people since 2006. There are 876 people living in rural Hokitika, an increase of 48 people since the 2006 Census. On a clear day Aoraki / Mount Cook can clearly be seen from Hokitika's main street.

Places to Visit near Hokitika


Bonz 'N Stonz

Hokitika is renown as the jade capital of New Zealand. Bonz ‘n Stonz is the only workshop currently running in New Zealand, in which you may carve: jade, bone or shell.

Come in and spend a day, carving a pendant that you design yourself. Steve, your tutor, will guide you through every step of the process. When first starting it is helpful to have a design planned. This can shorten the time needed for the experience.

Designs are drawn on paper before being transferred to the slice of jade, bone or shell.

Hokitika Beach

Hokitika is the only town centre on the West Coast located by the beach. And what a beach it is! Rough, strewn with driftwood and boasting beautiful sunsets and views, plus awesome views of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. Every year in January, Hokitika holds an annual Driftwood & Sand Festival where pieces of art are created out of all the driftwood. Now in it's 13th year past works have included a giant hand, a large bird, a huge fish hook, an eel, a cube, a dancer and a life-sized turtle.

Kids love scouring the sand for pounamu, washed down from nearby rivers too.

Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

The Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Centre is part of New Zealand's official nationwide Visitor Information Network. There are not many towns that can equal Hokitika's outlook with its wild and beautiful beach, the blue-green waters of the Hokitika Gorge and superb views of the Southern Alps. Throw in friendly locals, great cafes, bars, galleries and activities you have the perfect West Coast base.

Whatever you're after, drop in and ask the friendly team of local travel experts.

Hours:

December to February: Monday to Friday 8.30am-6.00pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 9.00am-5.00pm.

March to November: Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.00pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 10.00am-4.00pm

Wilderness Gallery

Discover highest quality, purely New Zealand made art, giftware and jewellery alongside the local colours of the West Coast captured by renowned wildlife and landscape photographer Juergen Schacke. The Gallery is not only a sensory experience but also a fantastic way to take in and take home the spirit of the Coast.

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Theatre Royal Hotel Kumara

Step back into yesteryear when The Theatre Royal Hotel attracted visiting troupes and entertainers from all across the world!

Built in 1876, at the beginning of the Kumara gold rush, the Hotel was the meeting, entertaining and playing place for the miners who had arrived in Kumara, from all around the world. The first owners were Annie and Otto Anderson. Otto was from Scandinavia and Annie from Germany. Prior to the first church being built, confirmations were held in the Hotel. A thirty metre theatre was added and travelling shows would come from England and America to perform. The famous New Zealand poet, Thomas Bracken, was a popular guest performer. Richard John Seddon was often known to take to the stage and sing.

Dancing girls were employed to “dance” with the miners. One of the rooms was sound-proofed, with walls lined with sawdust, which was used when more than dancing was required. When the gold was being struck, the message would be passed down to Annie to get the dancing girls ready, as “the boys were coming to town”.

When current owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon purchased the hotel in 2010 it was derelict, vandalised and in total disrepair. Two years were spent with local tradesmen working to restore and rebuild the old building, which holds many special memories for Coasters of today.

The Hotel was reopened in November 2012 and was presented with the HANZ Award for Excellence as the Best New/Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel in New Zealand in 2013. The Hotel has since been awarded the HANZ Award for Excellence as New Zealand’s Best Country Hotel in 2014 and again in 2015.

If you are on the West Coast don’t miss the opportunity to stop in for a drink, a meal, or spend the night! The staff will happily show you around and tell the tales of times gone by.

The walls contain many stories.

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Rainforest Retreat Holiday Park

Immerse yourself in the spectacular mountains and bush of New Zealand’s West Coast. Rainforest Retreat is a unique destination with varied options to suit the budgets and needs of all travellers.

Nestled in six acres of idyllic native bush, centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Village, Rainforest Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options.

On site facilities include Monsoon Bar & Restaurant with great tunes, cozy fireplace, cheap drinks and meal deals, hot bubbling spa pools, sauna, pool tables, BBQ area, internet access, laundry facilities. linen hire, waste station, children's playground and Sky Digital TV. Plus large, modern communal facilities blocks with TV lounge, commercial kitchen, spotless well equipped bathrooms and vending machines.

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