Hokitika is a small town on the West Coast of New Zealand with lots of natural beauty to share. Here are a couple of things with loved about the place.
♦ Hokitika Gorge. Sometimes you see photos of places and you think, ‘yea right, as if it looks like that!’ Well, Hokitika Gorge is one of those places where what you see is what you get. The water just takes your breath away with its perfectly turquoise colour. If you fancy checking it out, you will need a car or to hitchhike. Follow the yellow signs from Hokitika central which will lead you the whole way there. From the car park its a short walk, over a swing bridge to the beautiful river.
♦ Glow worm dell. So when the sun goes down and the stars come out you can make your way to Hokitika’s glow worm dell. Its a great place to see glow worms for absolutely free in their natural habitat. Getting there is really simple from the centre of town, just follow the signposts and your there. You can walk or drive here no issues as its pretty close. When you get to the start of the track be sure to turn off any lights as not to ruin it for others. Hold onto the rail and walk down the track following the glow worms as you go.
♦ Hokitika Wild Foods Festival. If you are in Hokitika around March time check out if you can make it to the Wild Foods Festival. Its an awesome couple of days of music, drinks, wild and sometimes still living foods to eat. In the day its more of a family event but in the evening, get your fancy dress clothes on and join the party!
♦ Accomodation. Hostel dorms here are on average $30NZD per night and for a budget double private room your looking around $60NZD. We decided to treat ourselves here to a lovely little room at Drifting Sands Beachfront Accomodation. At $109NZD per night for a double or twin room you have the most comfortable night sleep in a homely setting. Your woken up with fresh home-made bread with yummy spreads and your right on the beach -Perfection!
♦ Transport. The town itself is completely walkable, however if you want to go to Hokitika Gorge you will need a ride. Having said that hitchhiking here is very common as its a popular route for travellers.