Hokitika also know as the Pounamu Capital of New Zealand.
From Christchurch on the East Coast of New Zealand to Hokitika on the West Coast takes about four hours by car. Crossing the Canterbury Plains over Arthur’s pass and down into Hokitika. At around 250 km (155miles) it’s not a long drive as far as distance but it’s a slow and very interesting drive with stops on the way. Visit Castle Hill, Waimakariri River, Arthur’s Pass Village, Otira Viaduct Lookout on the way.
Hokitika’s main beach runs along the front of town, with a walking path along to the river, mouth. You can check out the Driftwood art that is scattered along the beach and takes various forms. Great views back to the mountains and up and down the coast
There is a local pub that is open most days for meals, Cafes, Restaurants and Fish & Chips shops. One thing you must try. Is this West Coast delicacy The whitebait pizza found only at the Fat Pipi Pizza on Revell Street.
Around a 20 minute drive from Hokitika township you will find the hokitika gorge. There is a loop track that will take you through beautiful native bush and along the side of the Hokitika river with great views down to the river. The walk can easily be done in about an hour. Unless you want to stop for a swim.
Hokitika is known as the Pounamu capital of New Zealand and is the best place to buy your gifts. Also know as Green Stone or Jade. Checkout Traditional Jade Hokitika . We have purchased a number of items from Traditional Jade and found them very good. Other Jade shops can be found in town. check them out for prices first. Other recommendations do you visit in NZ would be Golden Bay and Wharariki Beach.