I have got quite behind with my blog (please forgive me!) as we have been really busy on the road in our Spaceship, but I will slowly be updating it as and when we get good wifi.
This post focuses on the wonderful hidden gem of Hokitika on NZ’s West Coast. Understandably the two glaciers get lots of attention – however I believe that Hokitika is well worth a visit and let me explain why!
We spent one night here, as a brief stop whilst spending time on the West Coast and found it a lovely stay! Things we did whilst here we loved included:
Hokitika gorge walk – this is a beautiful walk which starts about a 30 minute drive south of Hokitika. It is signposted relatively well and the drive crosses farmland with views around. Once parked it takes 10-15 minutes to walk through to the gorge – including crossing a 6-person swing bridge. When we were there we didn’t see anyone else and had it all to ourselves! On reaching the end of the walk we were greeted with the beautiful views through the gorge. Despite the fact the weather wasn’t perfect and the water wasn’t the colour it could be it still looked beautiful. We really enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this area.
- Pizza at Fat Pipis – this truly is delicious pizza! A very popular cafe in Hokitika it is well worth a stop. They do a whole variety of toppings (including the famous white-bait) and as a self titled pizza connoisseur (I eat it a lot) this is up there with the best.
- Hokitika Museum – entrance costs $5 and we were greeted by a lovely man working there who gave us a very informative introduction. We spent a good hour looking round the excellent exhibits and watching the movie giving information about the history of the local area. An excellent hidden gem of a museum and well worth a visit.
Hokitika Beach – spending time in the town it is easy not to realise you are right beside the beach, and just a few minutes walk takes you to the beach. It was wet and wild when we were there but still scenic. We had to be careful as erosion was clearly wearing the path away as we witnessed large chunks falling into the sea! Definitely worth a few minutes walk to reach the coast here.
- Dorothy Falls – a real hidden gem of a waterfall. Access was a little scary at times, as is along a very narrow gravel road and we met the odd local lunatic, but John was ever-the-amazing driver and we made it there in one piece. Again, no one was around when we visited, and a minute walk from the car park brought us to this gorgeous waterfall. We took some snaps here, as well as getting wet sitting on a rock to pose (that was me). There is also a stream walk that brings you alongside Dorothy stream to Lake Kaniere.
Lunch at Lake Kaniere – this rounded off our wonderful trip to Hokitika, as we parked up our lovely Spaceship beside the lake on our way back from Dorothy Falls. We were joined by paradise decks and some lovely pukeko (the first we had seen in NZ!). The views of the lake were wonderful and it was a nice spot for some lunch – which was made even easier by our convenient fridge and food prep gear in our spaceship.
Hokitika is a real gem of a place and certainly somewhere worth visiting and making a bit of an effort to go off-the-beaten-track!