Hokitika Travel Information

The township of Hokitika is situated 40 kilometres south of Greymouth.

Hokitika was settled during the 1860’s gold rush, when it operated as a bustling port. Today, it is an important base for the craft of greenstone or pounamu carving and sculpture. Visitors can watch craftspeople at work and take home a piece of jewellery or art from one of the many studios and galleries in the town. 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.

About the Region

  • Coasters - The colloquial name given to the inhabitants of ‘The Coast’.
  • Population - West Coast region: 30,303 (2001 census), 30,500 (2005 estimate – West Coast Regional Council). Hokitika population: 4,500.
  • Major Towns - Greymouth, Westport and Hokitika.
  • Geography - The full length of the West Coast (Karamea to Haast) is about 550km. The land area is 23,276km2.
  • Closest Cities - Nelson (to the north), Christchurch (to the east), Queenstown (to the south)


ANZ Bank – Westport / Greymouth
ASB Bank – Westport / Greymouth / Hokitika
BNZ Bank – Westport / Greymouth / Reefton / Hokitika
Kiwi Bank – Westport / Greymouth / Hokitika
National Bank of NZ – Greymouth / Hokitika
Westpac Westport – Greymouth / Hokitika


Hokitika weather is warm and humid in summer, with similar sunshine hours to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Hokitika enjoys a lot of rain, but is the least windy region in the country. The winter months are relatively mild compared to other parts of the South Island.

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