On the rugged West Coast
, Hokitika area was once the heart of New Zealand’s richest gold producing province from the 1860s right through to the early 1900s. Today, the West Coast
township of Hokitika
retains its colourful goldming history and is also famed for its superb greenstone carvers. Visit the old wharf area at Gibson Quay, which served the Hokitika area during the West Coast
’s goldrush days, or head to the tiny goldmining town of Ross
where you can pan for gold.
The small settlement of Harihari
, south of Hokitika, is an ideal base for walking, birdwatching and fishing – you can walk the Harihari Coastal Walkway for some fine coastal and forest views. To the north, Kumara
offers scenic flights to beautiful Lake Brunner
. Inland of Hokitika lies the wild mountain scenery of Arthur's Pass National Park
, with its glaciers, walking trails and waterfalls, and some great opportunities to test your climbing skills.