Hokitika is a cool little town. Bordered by the beach front and the north bank of the Hokitika River, it was the Capital of the goldfields in the 1860’s. It is also home to pounamu/NZ jade.

Take a stroll through the shopping centre, walk along the beach, chat to the locals and take home a reminder of the beautiful beachside town.

For many New Zealanders, Pounamu, also known as NZ Jade or greenstone is more than a souvenir – it has a treasured spiritual significance. Pounamu is found in many places on the West Coast and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Historically it was used by Maori for weapons, tools and personal ornaments and it also denoted great status.

These days its beauty is still well appreciated, as it is found in many Hokitika shops.

For more information, visit www.hokitika.org or our local attractions page.

Hokitika Accommodation

252 Beachside Motels & Holiday Park


Our accommodation lends itself to couples and groups riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail. We have studios that sleep 2 or 3 and family/group units which can sleep up to 6 people.

We have a swimming pool and spa pool on site, are adjacent to the beach and a short walk to the glow worm dell. We also have a campervan park and budget cabins but no tent sites.

Our large garage will accommodate your bikes and luggage can be stored behind our office. Base yourself in Hokitika and let us take care of the rest.

Bella Vista Hokitika


Bella Vista Hokitika is located on the main street and is a five minute walk to the town centre. Our motel is a modern complex with studios and one bedroom units available. We have a guest laundry. We offer secure bike storage and can store luggage if required. We offer free Wi-Fi.

Mountain Jade Backpackers


Situated right in the heart of Hokitika with great views from our balcony of Mount Cook and the town.

We offer a range of accommodation from dorm rooms to shared facility doubles and 2 self-contained units that sleep up to 5 people each. Our helpful staff can help you with any of you travel bookings and information on activities around the West Coast or the Glaciers. Female only dorm room available. 

The town centre and beach is only a few minutes’ walk from our hostel for great sunrises and sunsets. Just relax and catch up with other traveller’s or watch movies in our spacious lounge.

Birdsong Backpackers Lodge


This friendly family-run backpacker’s lodge earns its excellent reputation for the welcoming ambiance, modern facilities and high standard of cleanliness throughout. The impressive communal facilities are well-organized and neatly presented.

  • All rooms include linen, heaters and clean warm duvets.
  • Towels are included in double and twin rooms.
  • The hostel can accommodate up to 20 guests.
  • Birdsong is also available for larger groups wanting private/exclusive accommodation

Drifting Sands Beachfront Accommodation


Located along the stunning and rugged West Coast, Drifting Sands is a small beachfront accommodation with the cozy feel. Ideal for an overnight stop and as a base for local ecotourism activities, West Coast Wilderness trail riding, sightseeing and many more outdoor adventures. A range of Accommodation options available from Camp sites to Single, twin and double rooms.

Stumpers Bar, Café & Accommodation


Everything you need for a hassle free stay in Hokitika. Room options range from Shared Bunk Rooms for the budget concious to stunningly appointed Premium Rooms that will make you feel extra special.

Dine in house in our cafe and bar. Warm up in the winter at our fire or soak in the sun at our outdoor seating.  

Hokitika Activities

Here are some activities for you to do in and around Hokitika.

History and Heritage tours


Hokitika Museum


Hokitika Regent Theatre


National Kiwi Centre


Sock World


West Coast Wilderness Wings


West Coast Treetops Walk


Walks and Tramps


Hokitika Cycles & Sportsworld