Inspired by locals landscapes and raw materials (jade, gold and other minerals, driftwood, timber, clay, shell, bone and fibres) it is no coincidence that craft artists, sculptors, jewellers, painters and poets have chosen the Hokitika area as their home.
Visitors can also enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including rafting, canoeing, river cruises, kayaking, scenic flights, bush, lakeside and beach walks, classic car rentals, museums and theatre, and a choice of fine cafes, restaurants, and quality accommodation. For visitors travelling to New Zealand in March, the annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival (held in March) is a “must do” experience.
Hokitika has a vibrant artisan community, and the area is now internationally renowned as a centre of creative arts.
Hokitika Must Sees
Wild Foods Festival
The Wild Foods festival began in 1990 and is now held annually in Hokitika to much acclaim. Its first festival won a Tourism Excellence Award and each year grows bigger and better. Locals and visitors get in to the spirit of the occasion, wearing period costume, sampling the wild foods and enjoying a huge variety of entertainment.
Wild foods on the menu can include anything from fish eyes to venison, pistachio ice cream to huhu grubs or seaweed and puha soup.
The National Kiwi Centre
The Kiwi is our national bird, our national icon and New Zealanders are nicknamed Kiwis around the globe. This rare and beautiful flightless, native bird is endangered and the NZ Department of Conservation has many programmes in place to preserve its special and treasured place in the wildlife of New Zealand.
To view Kiwis in an enclosed natural setting, visit The National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika. The attraction also features tuatara, giant eels and detailed audio visuals and information about the Kiwi.
We consider this one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand. An easy 19km drive from Hokitika takes you to this stunning scenic reserve.