HOKITIKA

What a delight the town Hokitika is. The long term future of Hokitka is very good; this small place really jumps and oozes wealth. Driven economically by greenstone the town has carefully embraced the management of the history.

Now, Hokitika (greenstone) is to New Zealand what Coober Pedy (opal) is to Australia.

Originally founded on gold mining in 1864, it was a centre of the West Coast gold rush.

By late 1866 it was one of the country's most populous centers.

The population has declined greatly since that time but the population of the Westland

District is now on the rise thanks to "lifestyle inhabitants". Almost 30% of the district's ratepayers live outside of Westland, that said the shops are clearly targeted at the wealthy tourist and that offer is fantastic for a town this size. Be sure to take in the ‘gold shop’

The Catholic Church is a great building and approaches its centenary, symbolises the long term thinking from the township.                                                                                                .

The Museum is a very professional offer and well displayed. There is also a ‘sock museum’ that is a little different.

The Hotels are vintage for the earlier era.

The War Memorial overlooks al travelers and citizens.

To really take in and enjoy Hokitika allow two days

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course