Hokitika Jade Greenstone Pounamu Capital of New Zealand, Hokitika Westland NZ
Hokitika is the Jade and Greenstone capital of New Zealand. There you will find many artisans carving Jade into contemporary carvings of traditional NZ designs or modern designs, and beautiful sculptures of whales, birds or just about anything that reflects the area where these carvers live. Nephrite Jade, Greenstone or Pounamu has been recovered locally in the Westland or the South Westland area. There are many jade studios and shops in and around Hokitika town centre, the Jade Factory, Westland Greenstone, Traditional Jade, Ocean Paua and Tectonic Jade.
If you would like to try your hand at carving, contact Steven Gwaliasi at the Bonz n Stonz Carving Studio where you can have a go at either jade, bone or paua shell carving.

Just Jade Co Ltd. click to see website

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Roger Chapman, Chappy's Creations.  check out site
Gordon Wells, Just Jade Co Ltd.  check out site
Arts and Crafts in Hokitika

Along with all the jade, greenstone and pounamu carvers, Hokitika is a haven for many other artists and crafts people. These include wood turning, silk painting, bone carvings, hard stone and shell carvings. See ruby rock or Goodletite gemstone cutting, pottery, glass blowing, and possum fur, weaving, stone painters, gold jewelers, copper art, pewter work, pen and ink artists and oil painters.
Artisans creations can be found in the many art studios or in the Hokitika Craft Gallery in Hokitika.  



Outdoor Activities

Experience our scenic wetlands and lowlands swamps with the Paddle Boat up the Mahinapua Creek to Lake Mahinapua. While in the area around Lake Mahinapua check out the Tree Top Cafe and then experience how the native birds see the forest 20 meters above the forest floor in amongst the Rimu trees on the Tree Top Walkway, even take a push chair if you have young kids to experience the 450 meter long walkway, see the lake from above and the Southern Alps through the trees from the 40 meter high tower. Later do a scenic drive through farm lands to the Hokitika Gorge, or through native bush to Lake Kaniere and enjoy the scenic tranquil beauty of the lake, then drive the lakeside gravel road to Dorothy Falls. Hire a bicycle and ride to Lake Mahinapua or Lake Kaniere, or ride some of the popular mountain bike tracks. Get your eye in and have a go at sporting clay bird shooting or head to Cowboy Paradise and step back in time in a old style range town and shoot the guns of the wild west. Get a group together and go paintballing in the bush at Mehrt's Place. Hook a brown trout or salmon with a guided fishing trip. Shovel, pick and pan in hand dig for gold in the creeks near Hokitika. Ready for a change of pace go white water rafting or, try the extreme kayak or on some of the best wild west coast rivers. If its a really clear day you can fly with Wilderness Wings to the glaciers and Mount Cook.

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Lake Kaniere, Westland, click to see Daytrips

Dorothy Falls, Lake Kaniere, Scenic drive near Hokitika



Hokitika, stay, relax and enjoy.

Drive north to Shantytown and Punakaiki or south 2.5 hours to Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. If you really are brave, and want a really good rush, you can jump from a plane and see Mount Cook from 12,000 feet at Fox Glacier with Skydive NZ, or take a scenic helicopter flight over the glaciers. Maybe you can just take in the tranquil reflections at Lake Mathieson, and take a native bush walk and hear native Bellbirds and Tui's singing.
Later when back in Hokitika visit the Museum, see eels and kiwi's at The National Kiwi Centre, or you can shop till you drop at the Ruby Rock Shop, The Gold Room, TP Goldsmith, Hokitika Craft Gallery, Juergen Schacke, Ian Phillips Copper Artist, Westland Greenstone, Ocean Paua, Hokitika Jade Factory, or ask the I-Site about the many other artists who have a studio at their home. 

Punakaiki, about 2 hours drive north of Hokitika.


Where to Eat and Stay in Hokitika

.In the evening watch the sun set into the Tasman Sea from Sunset Point, and you can walk along the wild enchanting Hokitika beach front. Or just relax in our many restaurants and cafes, Cafe de Pari, Ocean View Restaurant, Millies Cafe, Eat-On Revelle Cafe, Stumpers  and experience some of the finest West Coast fare.
And to rest your head at night, you can sleep in style in hotels motels and home stays, or go budget in hostels or backpackers and holiday parks.

Hotels: Beachfront Hotel and the Kokatahi Hotel.

Homestays: Teichelmann's, Kapitea Ridge, Aratuna Homestead, and Prospect House.

Motels: Black Sands Motor Lodge, Jade Court Motor Lodge, Heritage Highway Motel, Fitzherbert Court Motel,
Shining Star, and the Airport Tudor Motels.

Backpackers and Hostels: Drifting Sands Backpackers, The Birdsong and Mountian Jade Backpackers.

Camping grounds: Hokitika Holiday Park.
Sunset at Hokitika's Sunset Point

On Fire and Driftwood Hokitika



Where is Hokitika?

You can find Hokitika on the Wild West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. 
In March each year the town of Hokitika hosts the very popular Wildfoods Festival, and the population swells to over 20,000 for that weekend. The town comes alive to music, wild bush food and West Coast Beer. 
Hokitika is about 3 hours drive from Christchurch, about 5 hours drive from Nelson or Picton and to drive from Queenstown about 7 hours.

Come experience a wild stay in Hokitika.



Getting there and away

Atomic Shuttles operate daily coach service between Hokitika to Christchurch. 

Atomic Shuttles and Inter City Coachlines and the Naked Bus serve destinations up and down the coast with services to Nelson, Greymouth, Queenstown and beyond. 

Inter City Coachlines and Atomic Shuttles meet up with The Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch.

Coaches terminate at the Hokitika Travel Centre on Tancred Street. Air New Zealand Link operate daily flights to and from Hokitika Airport linking Hokitika to Christchurch Airport and other main centers. 

Atomic Shuttles website

InterCity Coachlines

Tranz Alpine Train Service
Air New Zealand Link


Last update 13 December 2012 by Gordon Wells, Webmaster   New Zealand website.
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