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A Short History and Map

Hokitika is one of the three major towns on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Long identified as a source of valuable greenstone (jade) by the indigenous Maori, Hokitika was established by Europeans in 1865 during the West Coast Gold Rush. Read More...

Arts in the community

Hokitika has established itself as a centre for the West Coast Arts and Crafts communities world class potters, weavers and furniture makers all working in and around the town. There are a number of galleries in town offering glass blowing, ceramics, weaving, jade carving, wood turning, furniture and gold jewelry manufacture. Read More...

Climate & Gardens

The West Coast rainfall is legendary, averaging around 2.8m per year. What is not so well known is the fact that Hokitika experiences more sunshine hours than Auckland and has no extremes of climate. Read More...

Events

Hokitika is renowned for several annual events focused on the outdoors or the unique West Coast environment.

The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is held annually in March and attracts between 16,000 and 20,000 people to the town.

The Coast to Coast multi-sport event held in February attracts up to 1000 entries and up to five times that number of supporters. Read More...

Industries

Hokitika, with a population of approximately 4,400, is the administrative and social centre for Westland, the southern end of the West Coast. The industries that support the local community are principally focused on the primary sector. Read More...

Property

Being part of the rural sector, property prices are attractive. A range of dwellings from the simple house on a 1000 square metre section through to the life style house on a 5 hectare block are all available at prices which are far below those experienced in the vicinity of the urban centres. Read More...

Schooling

There are three primary schools and one secondary school in the town. Pre-school and kindergarten facilities are all catered for in the town. Read More...

Sports and Recreational Clubs

There are are wide range of clubs available in Hokitika catering for all age groups. Read More...

More about Hokitika and it's region www.hokitika.org

There are are wide range of clubs available in Hokitika catering for all age groups.

Sporting Clubs

There are rugby clubs, a rugby league club, hockey and soccer clubs, cricket and road cycling clubs. A sailing club is located at Lake Mahinapua, 10kms south of the town, alpine skiing is available at two club ski fields and two commercial fields within two and a half hours of Hokitika. The Hokitika Aero Club flies a number of single engine aircraft and has a very active Microlight group. The airport also serves as a base for several helicopter pilots servicing the agricultural, hunting and tourism industries. Other sports are tennis, squash, badmington, golf - Hokitika Golf Club, netball, basketball, a marching club, powerboat, fishing and gun clubs.

Recreational Clubs

Other recreational groups include horse riding, gymnastics, ballet, baseball, t-ball, kiwi sports, basketball, bowls, line dancing, old time dancing and numerous others.

Old RSA Building, Hokitika

Community Groups

The community supports several service clubs including Rotary, Lions, Probus, Grey Power, Soroptimists and RSA (Returned Servicemen's Club).

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Hokitika Property

Being part of the rural sector, property prices are attractive. A range of dwellings from the simple house on a 1000 square metre section through to the life style house on a 5 hectare block are all available at prices which are far below those experienced in the vicinity of the urban centres.
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There are three primary schools and one secondary school in the town. Pre-school and kindergarten facilities are all catered for in the town. Scouts, Boys Brigade, Guides, Rangers and St. John Youth are also active. Youth groups are run by various denominations. Children are encouraged to participate in community events including sporting events and cultural activities.

Hokitika is one of the three major towns on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Long identified as a source of valuable greenstone (jade) by the indigenous Maori, Hokitika was established by Europeans in 1865 during the West Coast Gold Rush. Occupying a strip of land bounded by the Southern Alps to the East and the Tasman Sea to the West, the West Coast possesses a unique atmosphere combining access to the unspoiled environment and yet only two and a half hours from the South Island main centre of Christchurch.

Hokitika also has a long Maori history, its name meaning "Place of Return", being the start of the Maori trails over the mountains to Canterbury.

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