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Heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast
Hokitika GorgeSituated at the mouth of the river bearing the same name and with the scenic backdrop of the Southern Alps close at hand to the east. Hokitika (pop. 4500) provides a relaxing and friendly base from which to explore the West Coast. Opportunities abound for travelers both young and old and it is advisable to plan to spend more than just a day based there.

Sight SeeingHokitika has a wide range of activities including; canoeing, mountain biking, rafting, tramping and yachting.

Most attractions for visitors are based on historical and natural resources. Within Hokitika it is possible to watch pounamu carvers and gold craftsmen at work, glass blowing and glass lace creation. A visit to the Museum is a must along with a nighttime stroll to the glowworm Dell where it is possible to see these unique creatures from a distance of only a few metres.

Hokitika GorgeWithin a few minutes drive of town is a range of the best tramps and rainforest walks in New Zealand. Placid lakes; world class extreme kayaking rivers and hiking routes that cross snowfields, glaciers and the Southern Alps.

Hokitika is the only town centre on the West Coast located by the beach.

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