Explore the majestic beauty of Hokitika Gorge
Nestled on the West Coast of New Zealand, Hokitika Gorge is a true natural gem that showcases the country's untouched, raw beauty. Surrounded by lush native bush, this breathtaking destination features towering rock formations, an impressive gorge, and serene walking tracks.
Whether you're an adventurer, nature enthusiast, or simply want to take a leisurely stroll on the walking track that winds its way along the gorge, a visit to Hokitika Gorge will leave you spellbound.
Why is the water blue?
The water of Hokitika Gorge appears a mesmerising shade of turquoise blue due to the presence of glacial flour in the water.
Glacial flour is a fine, silt-like sediment that is created by the grinding of rocks by glaciers. As glaciers move across the landscape, they pick up rocks and grind them into a fine powder, which then gets carried downstream by glacial meltwater. The glacial flour in Hokitika Gorge is suspended in the water, causing the sunlight to scatter and reflect off the particles, creating a striking blue-green hue that is both stunning and unique.
The water's clarity, combined with the vibrant blue colour, creates an almost surreal atmosphere that is truly awe-inspiring to behold.
Discover the gorge by foot
Hokitika Gorge has a range of walking tracks to cater to different fitness levels and interests. Explore the stunning natural beauty of the area on foot - you can even take a plunge along the way!
The most popular track is the Hokitika Gorge Walk, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is an easy stroll suitable for all ages and fitness levels. This walk takes you along a well-maintained path that winds its way through native bush and leads to a number of viewing platforms that offer spectacular views of the gorge and its turquoise waters.
For those seeking a longer and more challenging walk, the Kowhai Walk is a great option. This 45-minute loop track takes you through beautiful beech forest and along the edge of the gorge, offering breathtaking views of the water and surrounding landscape.
If those don't tickle your fancy, why not try the Riverside Walk, which is a 20-minute loop track that follows the Hokitika River and offers a chance to spot native birdlife such as tui and bellbirds.
How to find Hokitika Gorge
Discover the West Coast
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Getting to Hokitika Gorge
You can get to Hokitika by train to explore the Hokitika Gorge aboard some of the following escapes by rail and unique rail tours: