Hokitika is a small coastal town on the West Coast of New Zealand's South
Island. Hokitika was a gold rush town in the 1860s, and the countryside
around Hokitika is dotted with historic sites related to its mining past.
Today Hokitika is known for its arts
and crafts produced by local artist. Hokitika's artist are
best know for their jade carvings, glassware, jewellery, and fine wood pieces.
There are several galleries and tourist shop in Hokitika where its possible
to buy local arts and crafts.
The Wild Food Festival is the largest event to be held in Hokitika each year. Each year several thousand of visitors come to Hokitika to experience gourmet bush tucker. If you are thinking of coming to Hokitika for the Wild Food Festival book well ahead as accommodation can be booked out well in advance.
Hokitika has plenty to offer in the way of outdoor activities such as
hiking, kayaking, rafting, and river cruises. Lake Kaniere and Lake Mahinapura,
and the Hokitika River are widely used for water based activities. There
is also a variety of walking tracks for all level of fitness near Hokitika.