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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