Hokitika Gorge

  • 30 min return by the same track
  • Easy

A short walk near Hokitika, crossing the glacial-blue waters of the Hokitika River.

Hokitika River (Bottom Gorge) • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
30 min
Distance
1.3km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Turn off Whitcombe Valley Road, Kokatahi
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Maps
NZTopo50-BV18
More information

Hokitika Gorge is about 30 minutes' drive south and inland from Hokitika. Head for Kaniere, then Kowhiterangi, and follow the signposts. A short road turns off the Whitcombe Valley Road and leads to a surprisingly large car park. Here, there are new interpretation panels and toilets. 

A wide gravel track leads first to a lookout over the river, then down to a swingbridge. Over the bridge, there is access to the rocky riverbank itself.

The river is a icy cold and milky blue due to the glacial flour brought all the way from the snowfields around Mounts Evans and Whitcombe on the Main Divide. 

Map
ID 8389

About this track

Added 7 February 2013 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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