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.

Powerboat racing events are held at Lake Kaniere (about 15 kms inland from Hokitika) and in 2000 the National Mountain Bike Competition series held one of the events in the hills behind the town.

A recent development is the establishment of an annual film event, IMOFF (lnternational Mountain and Outdoor Film Festival) which attracts large numbers to the town over a three day period.

The annual Sand Dunes Classic is an opportunity for everyone, golfers and non golfers alike, to attempt the impossible hole in one and dress in traditional golfing attire.

Sand Dunes Classic Golf Dayfishing (19K)

On an individual basis the town and its environs cater for a huge number of activities. World class freshwater and sea fishing opportunities abound, hunting for deer, chamois, thar and goat is available within easy range of Hokitika.

There are many established tracks near to town for walking and expeditions into the back country. The Southern Alps offer a full range of mountaineering challenges for the beginner through to the experienced climber. Hokitika has a 18 hole golf course adjacent to the Tasman Sea and opportunities exist for tennis, squash, badminton, indoor and outdoor bowls and swimming in the heated Hokitika Town Pool. Diving for crayfish and abalone is possible at a number of locations up and down the Coast.

white_river (21K)White water enthusiasts travel from around the world to experience kayaking on the West Coast rivers.

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