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Hokitika Attractions – Places to Visit

Hokitika offers visitors to the region ample opportunity to explore native forest, lakes and rivers. Situated on the coast it also has access to numerous beaches, which are perfect for relaxing – view the often wild and stormy West Coast seas, collect shells and driftwood, or simply go walking.

Lakes Close To Hokitika

  • Lake Mahinapua – Located 10 km to the south of Hokitika is Lake Mahinapua scenic reserve. Lake Mahinapua was once a coastal lagoon, but over time became a shallow inland lake. It is surrounded by a scenic reserve offering picnicking, camping, walking and water sports such as canoeing and kayaking.
  • Lake Kaniere – 18 kilometres east of Hokitika lies Lake Kaniere. It is 8 km long and 2 km wide. There are several picnic places and one camping area, numerous short walks including two walkways. You can enjoy kayaking, canoeing and motor boating on the lake.

Other Natural Attractions Near to Hokitika

  • Punakaiki National Park (Pancake Rocks) – Further north from Hokitika, it’ worth the drive (approximately 50 minutes south of Hoki) to see the amazing pancake rocks and blowholes of the Punakaiki National Park, limestone rocks formed on the seabed over 30 million years ago.

If you are planning a visit to the Hokitika area, find out more about our accommodation options.