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This bustling little seaside town of 3,000 has plenty going on. There’s a thriving arts and crafts community and downtown is peppered with gold-rush era buildings housing works by local artists.

There’s also a pounamu (greenstone) carving industry and you’ll be hard-pressed to get out of town with all your gold. Stonemats Hokitika, just north of town on the main highway, is a great example of an innovative local arts industry.

Lots of fun to be had here too, especially if you turn up for the legendary Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

Inland, the Hokitika Gorge Walk has legions of fans.

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Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Information Centre 36 Weld Street, Hokitika (this entry’s map location)

Transport: Air NZ flies into Hokitika from Christchurch.

Hokitika Gorge Walk

Turquoise waters & swingbridges (1hr)

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

Avoid making bets with your buddies! (mid-March)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Mikhail Kotykhov