– A place to return
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. There’s always more to Hoki than meets the eye.
The beauty of Hokitika is that nothing is too far away. You can walk or bike to access beautiful local tracks and trails all year round. If you want to roam more widely, car rental can be organised at Hokitika Airport (five minutes from the CBD). The Hokitika Fire Station Apartments are a great stepping off point for road trips to the Hokitika Gorge and other West Coast attractions. For the more daring, there are scenic flights to Mount Cook and the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
If you stay with us over the winter season, the Cheeseman and Porters ski fields in the Craigieburn Range are within a 90 min drive. These ski fields offer a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs for skiers of all ages and abilities. You can hire ski and snow-boarding gear on-site and both fields have their own snow school available for child and adult skiers.
An active regional hub, Hokitika also hosts a range of events throughout the year – from the local A&P (Agricultural & Pastoral) show and Driftwood & Sand Beach Sculpture event in January to the Wild Food Festival and Lake Kaniere Scenic Triathlon in March (huhu grub anyone?). Check out local events when you plan your stay with us.
The Maori meaning of Hokitika comes from the words hoki – to return and tika – direct. Officially translated as ‘A place to return’ but we like to think of it as ‘Come straight back’ – you’ll always get a warm welcome here.