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Feature Region – NEW ZEALAND – Hokitika

New Zealand in Focus

 

Hokitika

 

 

Hokitika is a self-proclaimed ‘cool little town’ situated on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand; only three hours’ drive west of Christchurch. Hokitika offers visitors the perfect mix of natural beauty, culture and heritage, and great places to eat and drink. You will want to spend a few days exploring the local area on your travels and Hokitika Holiday Park offers the ideal place to base yourself.

 

Hokitika Holiday Park offers a family friendly atmosphere in a rural setting, with the sound of the sea lapping in the background as you enjoy your break away from the hustle and bustle. Accommodation options include motel units, cabins, and spacious motorhome and tent sites that are conveniently located to the facilities. The custom built playground will keep children of all ages occupied for hours with its pirate themed ship and tower, flying fox, slide and sandpit!

 

We asked the team at Hokitika Holiday Park what you need to experience during your stay in their cool little town and they have given us their top five to get your holiday planning started.

 

Walk the Hokitika Gorge Track

This accessible track is perfect for the whole family! Situated 25 minutes east of Hokitika with a 15 minute return walk time you will be wowed by the granite gorge and aqua coloured water that circles below. A short stroll over the swing bridge will see you at the end of the gorge rewarded with views of the drop off cliffs and rimu forest.

 

Visit The National Kiwi Centre

The National Kiwi Centre offers viewings of New Zealand’s national bird in their nocturnal house that replicates their natural environment. Once you have witnessed these flightless beauties you will also have the opportunity to take part on one of the three times daily eel feedings or view New Zealand’s oldest living dinosaur – the tuatara.

 

Take a cruise with Westcoast Scenic Waterways

Cruise along the Mahinapua waterways aboard the Eco Adventurer and experience the breath-taking views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps as you meander the original route of the early pioneers and gold diggers.

Self-guided kayak tours are also available for those wanting a little more freedom to take in the regions beautiful flora and fauna.

 

Take a free tour at Mountain Jade

Take a free interactive guided tour and learn about the significance of jade (Pounamu) to the Maori people of New Zealand. Watch the carvers at work as they create beautiful jewellery and sculptures that are available for purchase.

 

Take in New Zealand’s highest peaks with a Wilderness Wings scenic flight

If you are looking for a bucket list experience then this is the must do for you! Departing from Hokitika Airport, Wilderness Wings offers scenic flights over Mount Cook and New Zealand’s largest glaciers – Franz Josef, Fox & Tasman. With magnificent views and inflight commentary you will be in awe as you witness the dramatic scenery first hand.

 

Wilderness Wings also offers daily flights over the vertical hanging glaciers of the Southern Alps and a Milford Sound Discovery flight into the world heritage area of Fiordland that can be teamed with a boat cruise on the fiord for a truly magical day out.

 

 

For more information about Hokitika and the surrounding area visit http://www.hokitika.org.nz/

 

Photo credits: Hokitika Holiday Park

 

 

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