Hokitika! We had an amazing introduction to the West Coast town yesterday ending with a vibrant sunset, and we know there are a million more things to do here. (Even starting with the hikes. Check out 23 Unforgettable Walks in Hokitika). Today, we’re going to go to one of the most stunning of them all: Hokitika Gorge!
After a morning of working while having Survivor reruns playing on TV Mountain Jade Backpackers (Robin is obsessed with Survivor – obsessed!) and trying to eat disgusting Marmite in an attempt to be less attractive to sandflies, we hop in the van and head for Hokitika Gorge.
Putting the “Gorge” in Gorgeous!
The gorge is about a 30-minute drive (or 20 minutes if you are not in our campervan) from Hokitika town, down very step-like roads. About 10 90-degree turns later and down a short gravel road, we arrive at the car park complete with information boards and toilets! Wahoo!
The track down to Hokitika Gorge is only about 10 minutes, but we find plenty of reasons to stop starting with that first viewpoint. Wow! Look at the colour of that water! It doesn’t look real!
This first viewpoint is high above the gorge filled with milky blue water that looks like it is barely flowing. It seems like someone has poured food colouring into the water – it’s that blue. Below, we also can make out a swingbridge.