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Hokitika

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Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. According to the 2013 census, the usually-resident population of the Hokitika urban area was 2,967, a decrease of 111 people since 2006. There are 876 people living in rural Hokitika, an increase of 48 people since the 2006 Census. On a clear day Aoraki / Mount Cook can clearly be seen from Hokitika's main street.HistoryFounded on gold mining in 1864, it was a centre of the West Coast Gold Rush. By late 1866, it was one of New Zealand's most populous centres. On 16 September 1867, there were 41 vessels alongside the wharf at Hokitika, in some places three and four deep. In 1867, the port of Hokitika ranked first in New Zealand in both the number of vessels entered inwards and in the total value of exports; principally gold.On 8 March 1868 a mock funeral was held in protest about the conviction and hanging of three Irish Fenian's in Manchester - the Manchester Martyrs. The funeral was led by Roman Catholic Father William Larkin and a Celtic Cross was erected in the cemetery. Larkin was later arrested, charged, and convicted of riot and seditious libel.
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Wildlife Area
Hokitika Gorge Walk
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Wildlife Area
Lake Kaniere
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Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Wilderness Gallery
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Beach
Hokitika Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Hokitika

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World heritage site
Franz Josef Glacier Franz Josef
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk Fox Glacier
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scenic Walking Area
Lake Matheson Walk Fox Glacier
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Shantytown Heritage Park Greymouth
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Hokitika

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Wildlife Area
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe
3.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Outdoor Activity
Glow Worm Dell
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Biking Trail
West Coast Wilderness Trail
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Westside Rides
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Hokitika

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Art Gallery
Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Westland Industrial Heritage Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Hokitika Museum
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
Hokitika Craft Gallery
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Hokitika

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Heritage Jade
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Hokitika Glass Studio
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Box of Delights, The Old Fashioned Candy Shop
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Traditional Jade Co
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Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Hokitika

Hiking Trail
Tunnel Terrace Walk
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

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