150 years on from the gold rush era, people are drawn to Hokitika for rather different reasons.

Snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers and pristine forests hint at the riches you’ll find here. Lonely Planet named the West Coast as one of its top 10 destinations worldwide in 2014, and the great outdoors is the reason why. If you love riding mountain bikes, walking through national parks or flying over glaciers, Hokitika makes an outstanding base.

Try whitewater rafting or kayaking on the West Coast’s short, spectacular rivers, and feel your adrenalin kick in. Catch a chopper ride into Toaroha Valley for a soak in the natural springs and an overnight stay in a DOC hut, followed by a hike out the next day. Or simply hire a car and explore the region from Punakaiki’s pancake rocks to the Franz-Josef Glacier.