Boutique accommodation
in the heart of Hokitika
Steeped in local history, this iconic listed building has been lovingly restored and converted into five beautifully styled holiday apartments.


Each apartment at the Hokitika Fire Station has its own unique feel but all five are equally welcoming, with thoughtful touches of luxury.  Whether you’re looking for a large family apartment or a studio for two, there’s something for every guest.

Chief Henshaw
This beautiful ground floor apartment is designed to be family-friendly. With three separate bedrooms, a spacious, well-lit dining/living area, full kitchen (including dishwasher, fridge, hob & oven and Nespresso machine), TV and WIFI. Every family member is well catered for here.

Chief Millard
A well-planned ground floor apartment with full disabled access and accessible shower, toilet and kitchenette. Chief Millard is decorated in soothing off-whites and ocean hues. Designed to sleep a maximum of four guests, with a king-sized bed and queen-sized sofa bed.

Chief MacFarlane
This airy upper level studio apartment has everything you could possibly need in a single room. A king-sized bed (plus a queen sofa bed), neat kitchenette with a Nespresso machine, microwave and fridge plus a gorgeous, fully-tiled ensuite bathroom.

Chief Shain
This tranquil studio apartment sits on the upper level of the Fire Station, offering a naturally light space with views of Hokitika township. Fully equipped with a sparkling, modern kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and a generous king-size bed plus queen-sized sofa bed.

Chief Thompson
Decorated in a soothing colour palate of sand, grass and stone, Chief Thompson comfortably sleeps four guests with a king-sized  bed and queen-sized sofa bed. The gorgeous ensuite bathroom, well-appointed kitchenette, air-conditioning, TV and WIFI complete the space.


West Coast

our location

A luxurious holiday retreat situated in the very heart of Hokitika

Hokitika is a quirky little town with a whole lot to offer, whether you want to sample some local history, plunge headfirst into outdoor adventure, feast on fantastic food or simply relax around town. It’s the perfect location to immerse yourself in gold-mining and greenstone (pounamu) and we’re only a stone’s throw from stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, the West Coast cycle trail and the Hokitika Gorge. 
There’s always more to Hoki than meets the eye.

Local attractions, nearby places &
cool things to do in Hokitika

There are events going on in Hokitika and the surrounding area throughout the year, with the summer season jam-packed with things to do.  From triathlons and multisport races to beach art, horse racing and fishing, it’s well worth finding out what’s on during your stay at the Hokitika Fire Station Apartments.

Have a look at the Hokitikia tourist information calendar of events.

Cycle Trails & Walks

When you stay at Hokitkia Fire Station Apartments you’re never far from the action.  We are a short drive from the Hokitika Gorge Walk and, for cycling enthusiasts, a few minutes from the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Tours & Activities

If you want to spend a day or two exploring the immediate area, there are plenty of activities and things to do in Hokitika.  Local history, arts and crafts, artisan greenstone carving and, of course, gold!

Eating Out

Food finds its way to the top of most priority lists and Hokitika township has plenty to suit all ages, palates and dietary requirements.  Within a short walk from the comfort of the Hokitika Fire Station Apartments, you’ll find something for everyone.

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the history

Experience the real Hokitika -
beautiful heritage apartments

Our story really begins back in 1864, when Maori found gold near the Taramakau River while looking for pounanu (greenstone). News soon spread, and the area’s population exploded. As the township developed from hastily pitched canvas tents to closely built houses, the need grew for a fire station to meet the ever-present threat of fire. Fire stations served the township in the years that followed, manned by brave crews and led by some of the fire chiefs honoured in the names chosen for each of our apartments. Our building was the fourth and longest-serving Hokitika Fire Station. During your stay you’ll find constant reminders of our proud history.
The first Hokitika Fire Station was built on Revell Street in April 1866 but was partially dismantled and shifted on rollers to Hamilton Street in 1869.  

This building didn’t last long however.  During a severe thunderstorm in January 1875, lightning struck the bell tower next to the station and set it alight.  Ironically, fire rapidly spread, and while the engines and gear were saved, the building was destroyed.

The second fire station was completed by December 1875, supported by a smaller ‘no.2’ station in North Revell Street to house the manual pump and other gear.  This served the Brigade for 32 years, until it was demolished and replaced in February 1907 by the third fire station.

Plans for a fourth station first surfaced in 1936 but World War II intervened and delayed the building of number four until 1950.
This fire station became the longest serving building of all, in active use for 53 years until it was sold for retail use in 2003.  This became the Hokitika Fire Station Apartments in November 2018.
The current fire station can be found outside the central business district.  This is the end of an era for Hamilton Street which was been the site of Hokitika Fire Stations for 134 years.

come & stay with us

There’s a warm West Coast welcome waiting for you at the Hokitika Fire Station Apartments, no matter what the time of year.  We are open all seasons and accept bookings up to a year in advance.  We offer special prices and deals from time to time, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.

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