After you land in Hokitika, the West Coast beckons with hiking, biking and caving in the north and kayaking, glacier walks and river safaris in the south. Between the two, you'll find spectacular sightseeing at Punakaiki and Hokitika Gorge.
Within and around your adventures, there'll be time to enjoy hearty West Coast cooking, locally-made boutique gin and craft beer, and accommodation options that make the most of the region's magical landscapes. Coasters, as the locals are known, are a friendly bunch who'll always find time to pass on their tips for a terrific West Coast holiday.
About our flights to Hokitika
Air New Zealand operates daily non-stop flights to Hokitika from Christchurch, with connections across the New Zealand domestic network. With all our New Zealand domestic airfares you can choose seat, seat+bag, flexichange or flexirefund fare types. Flexichange gives you the flexibility to change your flight with no change fees while flexirefund is fully refundable. Find out more about our New Zealand domestic seat options.
The Oparara Arches near Karamea have to be seen to be believed. Formed by river action over millions of years, the arches are easy to reach on foot.
Where to go and what to see on the West Coast
The days you spend on the West Coast will lead to travel stories you'll tell for the rest of your life. While this region accounts for nearly 10% of New Zealand's land area, it has less than 1% of the country's population. In other words, there's a lot of untouched beauty here. Fall into nature's fierce embrace and you'll emerge as a more adventurous person.
Adventures in the West Coast wilderness
The number one reason to visit the West Coast is untamed natural wilderness. There are few easily-accessed places on the planet that rival the landscapes you'll find as you journey through the region. In total there are three national parks, two immense glaciers, seven lakes and more than a dozen significant rivers to discover. Make sure you're equipped to take it all on (proper hiking boots are a must!).
Best time to visit Hokitika
Hokitika is warm in summer and autumn, with similar sunshine hours to Auckland. However with rainfall spread throughout the year, it's always wise to bring a rain jacket. Don't be afraid to visit in winter or spring - temperatures are surprisingly mild, days are often beautifully sunny and crowds are few.