Hokitika Gorge

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Hokitika Gorge and Town Are An NZ Must See

The Hokitika Gorge is approx. 33kms from Hokitika town, it’s surrounded by native bush and filled with tranquil turquoise water. A view that every traveller in New Zealand must see!

The gorge is about 15 minutes on foot from the car park, for information on how to get to the car park check out the directions on the Hokitika town website here.

Pack insect repellent!!
As beautiful as it is, if you catch it on a nice day i.e. suns out guns out, you’ll find that all of New Zealands flying bugs will descend on Hokitika Gorge to also take in all its splendour.

Hokitika Gorge
Hokitika Gorge | West Coast New Zealand

What is there to do in the Hokitika Gorge?

Well, to be honest, not much. Take a camera and some sun screen and enjoy the view the New Zealand is giving you. The walk through the Rimu and Podocarp forest is lovely, the track is easy and kid friendly. After a few minutes walk from the car park you’ll reach the viewing platform and catch your first glimpse of the insanely turquoise water below. From there it’s a short walk across the swing bridge and down into the gorge below.

If you fancy a longer walk to stretch the legs there is a path up the gorge and through more forest. The Hokitika page gives some good directions and more information on this.

What else Is there in Hokitika?

Don’t think that Hokitika is simply a short gorge walk. There is so much more to do in Hokitika including mountain bike trails, water fall hunting, hiking, glow worm dells, lovely outdoor spots for relaxing and swimming and not to mention the New Zealand Kiwi Centre!

We stayed in one of the many campsites around Hokitika and used it as a great little base of operations for trips down to Franz Josef and Fox glacier. It’s also worth heading north to Greymouth & Westport.

I’d recommend heading to the West Coast in the summer as the weather can be pretty hit or miss. During the winter and on its off days you can be bombarded from the cold wind and rain from the Tasman sea.

New Zealands West Coast is described as an untamed & natural wilderness and when you’re there you can really see why. Don’t let that put you off though as there is so much to do and see.

Hokitika Gorge
Hokitika Beach | West Coast New Zealand

For more information on Hokitika and the West Coast visit Cool Little Town and West Coast NZ for some travel inspiration, tips and ideas.

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