About Hokitika

Historic gold town

Hokitika is an historic seaside town on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Its colourful history and origins date from 1864 when it was the ‘rip roaring’ goldfields capital of Westland and important bustling river port. Today Hokitika is a friendly rural town with wide attractive streets and an inviting community for visitors.

We recommend a two night visit, if your time permits, as Hokitika is an ideal base for day trips exploring this beautiful and dramatic region.

A perfect place to break the journey

Hokitika is just over a three hour drive from Christchurch International Airport. It is also an excellent overnight stop on your South Island itinerary being approximately 5½ hours drive from Picton, Nelson, Kaikoura, Wanaka, Marahau and Akaroa.

Home of The Luminaries

Hokitika 1866 is the setting for Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Luminaries. If you have read ‘The Luminaries’ and want to explore the history, Teichelmann’s offers an authentic accommodation experience. Teichelmann’s B&B is in the heritage district and across the road from the Hokitika Museum.

Wonderful dining experiences

There are great choices for dining out in Hokitika. A popular choice is ‘Stumpers Bar & Cafe’ and above the town on the Blue Spur Terrace is ‘Stations Inn’ restaurant with stunning sunset views.

‘Stella’on Revell Street has great coffee and is recommended for a lunch time visit. Award winning pies can be obtained from the ‘Clock Tower Cafe’ and their whitebait patties are highly popular. Fish & chips hot from their traditional paper wrapping is a specialty from ‘Porky’s’ or ‘Dulcies on the Quayside. ‘Fat Pipi’ pizza are popular for dine-in or take away to have on the beachfront at sunset in summer. The Indian cuisine restaurant ‘Priya’ is also nearby and next door to us is ‘Kitchen Hokitika’ – highly recommended.

Entertainment, arts & crafts

For movie buffs, the restored historic ‘art deco’ Regent Theatre with its state of the art sound and 3D digital projection systems playing latest release movies.

Close to Teichelmann’s are many craft galleries where artists can be seen working in all mediums including local greenstone (jade), gold, glass, wood and copper.

After dark visit New Zealand’s largest collection of glow worms (outside of a cave system), and they’re free!!

Teichelmann’s B & B in Hokitika is ideally located to enjoy everything in Hokitika, without needing your car. Let us help you make the most of your time here, however long your stay.


Brian & Frances at Teichelmann’s B&B Hokitika would like to acknowledge and gratefully thank Juergen Schacke for supplying many of the images that have introduced you to this beautiful region.

© Photographs supplied by and copyright to:
Juergen Schacke, Fine Art Photography & Gallery
29 Tancred Street, Hokitika
Phone +64 3 755 7575