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About Hokitika

Hokitika lies on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is just over 3 hours drive from Christchurch, a little further from Nelson or Haast.

The Hokitika Township lies at the mouth of the Hokitika River and was established as a town during the West Coast gold rush days, although Māori brought large canoes up the Hokitika River long before Hokitika became a port.

Hokitika is derived from the Māori term meaning “Place of return” and is just south of Arahura, the birthplace of pounamu (greenstone or NZ jade).

The area is characterized by its rugged beauty and wilderness features. On clear days views of the Southern Alps and the peak of Aoeraki, Mount Cook are spectacular.

Hokitika now thrives as a tourist destination showing off it’s arts, crafts ,cafes and great restaurants.

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