Challenge your taste buds at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

In Hokitika, locals celebrate their remote and rugged surrounds in the form of questionable cuisine.


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Sentinel Rock Walk, Franz Josef

Enjoy impressive views of the Franz Josef Glacier, the valley and Waiho River from the summit of this short steady climb. Read the story . . . 

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Fox Glacier River Walk

Get a great view of Fox Glacier and the opportunity to cross a historic suspension bridge on this pleasant short walk. Read the story . . . 

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Peters Pool Walk, Franz Josef

Enjoy the reflective views of the glacier valley and mountains on this easy, accessible walk to a small kettle lake.  Read the story . . . 

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Moraine Walk, Fox Glacier

Explore old moraine surfaces on this easy short walk, south of Fox Glacier township. Read the story . . . 

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Walks north of Haast township

Enjoy magnificent photo opportunities of a dune lake, sweeping coastline, forest plants and wildlife on these three walks.  Read the story . . . 

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Lake Matheson Walk

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk, one of the most popular on the West Coast. Read the story . . . 

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Franz Josef Glacier Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk

Follow a rocky riverbed path then climb to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing area. It's a beautiful yet dangerous place that is sometimes closed, so check it's open before you start. Read the story . . . 

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Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tūawe Valley Walk

There are spectacular views of the Fox Glacier in this is beautiful, yet volatile place – do not let the serene scene fool you... Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.  Read the story . . . 

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Hokitika: nuggets of history

Back in the 1800s dance halls and shooting-galleries, barmaids and ladies of ‘relaxed virtue’ all crowded along Hokitika’s golden mile, vying to entertain the hundreds of diggers. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Full spectrum: road tripping from Lake Hāwea to Jackson Bay

From lakes, through ancient forests and mountain passes, past waterfalls and rushing blue rivers, to the sea – this journey pays homage to our land’s extraordinary geography and wild beauty. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills. Moody is a good word for this part of the country.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: Franz Josef heli hike

While there are short walks that take you to the base of Franz Josef Glacier, the only way to actually set foot on the ice is via helicopter.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: Haast jet boat safari

The jet boat ride up the Waiatoto River in Haast is not a thrill-seeking-360º-spins kind of experience, rather a cruise to discover some of the region’s remote and pristine landscapes. Read the story . . . 

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