Travel Blogs from Hokitika, New Zealand

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Swing bridge fun, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Swing bridge fun

A travel blog entry by rich

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... it is. We had a browse around town the next morning as the sun had made an overdue appearance. As Hokitika is 'the greenstone capital of New Zealand,' I took Mum and Stu inside one of the greenstone factories. We spent ages looking at the different ...

Beautiful Birdsong..., Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Beautiful Birdsong...

A travel blog entry by rich

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... coastal route being just as impressive as the Great Ocean Road in my opinion. We arrived at Birdsong, one of my favourite backpackers in New Zealand, at about 6pm. It is a spotless place full of character, and I get on really well with Neil, the owner. ...

The trip to Franz Josef, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

The trip to Franz Josef

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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Back on the bus again to Franz Josef. We worked our way down the west coast and stopped in Hokitika for lunch, I had a walk around town. There was a green stone factory/shop but it I couldn't find anything that I like- no that's not true I found loads ...

Jade Country, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Jade Country

A travel blog entry by rich

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... I decided to stay a third day at Birdsong, and when I heard that Karen was going to the clear blue waters of Hokitika Gorge, I cheekily asked if I could tag along! Luckily she agreed, so we had a steady 33km drive along deserted roads before reaching ...

Beach art, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Beach art

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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Not much to do in Hokitika, other than shopping for Jade. There was a nice beach art we checked out before we got going. *** WORLD CHANGE STARTS WITH EDUCATED CHILDREN! Give a girl the life long gift of education! Support my appeal 100 GIRLS BACK TO ...

A bit of Rest, Relaxation and Luxury is needed!, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

A bit of Rest, Relaxation and Luxury is needed!

A travel blog entry by paulandciara

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... by the sea for lunch (probably the nicest and cheapest fish and chips we have had on our travels) we went to view Hokitika Gorge. Although this was a 60k round trip, it was well worth the drive. The water being a gorgeous bright blue. Photographs will ...

Hokitika, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Hokitika

A travel blog entry by shonandgraham

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We left Franz Josef glacier to head to Hokitika, the next decent sized town along the West Coast, to find a pub to watch the rugby again. This time it was Lions v NZ Maori and we lost it narrowly 19-13, but we did make some new Kiwi friends in the ...

Westcoast and whitebait, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Westcoast and whitebait

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... It's easy to imagine the arriving Polynesians, never having seen snow, calling it Aotearoa, "The Land of the Long White Cloud." From Hokitika, we're drawn south to the glaciers. By now, a 150 kilometre drive like this zips by in a round of snappy ...

On the Road Again..., Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

On the Road Again...

A travel blog entry by thelees

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... "Kap aan, driver!" one more time Mario whispered: "I hope Mr T doesn't feel neglected". The next stop of note was Hokitika. A small, funky town with the highest number of greenstone galleries per capita. The highlights for us were the local chippy that we ...

After the truly magnificent whale watching ..., Glacier Region, New Zealand travel blog

After the truly magnificent whale watching ...

A travel blog entry by phil_and_lisa

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After the truly magnificent whale watching experience, we headed across New Zealand and then South. We passed through Oxford, Sheffield and Springfield but didn't find the "doh" beer factory. At Oxford I had my dressing changed (yet again) but the good ...

One biiiig Chunk of Ice!!!!, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

One biiiig Chunk of Ice!!!!

A travel blog entry by fouritchyfeet

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... places which hardly looked populated, wouldn't fancy living out there in the middle of back and beyond much!!! Finally reaching Hokitika, a lot of jade craft work, and artisans , and again another town built on gold originally. The landscapes had ...

The Road to Nowhere, Totara Valley, New Zealand travel blog

The Road to Nowhere

A travel blog entry by thelees

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One of the Lees' favourite pastimes is venturing down unmarked roads and those with a "No exit" sign. Sometimes we end up in muddy puddles that Mr T can't negotiate, or in someone's backyard or in a workman's base. But more often we find hidden gems; ...

Eerie Lake Kaniere, Lake Kaniere, New Zealand travel blog

Eerie Lake Kaniere

A travel blog entry by thelees

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At Hokitika we came across and followed the road signposted to Lake Kaniere that led us 16km inland. The locals pronounce it "canary" but we didn't spot any. An awesome spot. So peaceful and so chilled. Having overdosed on socialising in a house full of ...

Pleasant trip to the Gorge, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Pleasant trip to the Gorge

A travel blog entry by garybaker

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Yesterday I made the relatively short drive up the West Coast to the small town of Hokitika, a nice peaceful seaside town. This place was a good stopping off point before my final destination in South Island at Nelson. I had been advised by the lady ...

Mmmmm, yummy pancakes :P, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Mmmmm, yummy pancakes :P

A travel blog entry by wolftrails

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... to Westport, a drive that was pretty enough, but rather uninteresting. We expected the Buller Gorge swingbridge (the longest swingbridge in New Zealand) to be of interest to us, but it turned out to be a disappointment. The bridge is on private land and ...

West Coast, NZ, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

West Coast, NZ

A travel blog entry by jessandmel

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... an hour. Melissa was bitten by a pirahnna. Nope, j/k. Wanted to keep your attention. Next we decided to go to a town called Hokitika. We stayed in a stunning hostel. We walked the Black sand beach, which is known for jade. We found 3 pieces, Melissa ...

Glow-worms and the Poo Pub, Lake Mahinapua, New Zealand travel blog

Glow-worms and the Poo Pub

A travel blog entry by timefortea

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... . The single-track railway has pretty much followed our route all the way from Christchurch, and we'd crossed it several times. In New Zealand there don't seem to be level crossings in the conventional sense, it's more a case of stopping just before you ...

Hokitika, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Hokitika

A travel blog entry by em_n_abs

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The West Coast - South Island, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

The West Coast - South Island

A travel blog entry by hayleyford

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... - just our luck! The West Coast has been beautiful. I think it has been the most scenic part of our journey through New Zealand yet. I can't believe how diverse the scenery is. Along the hairpin roads there is so much to see from various viewpoints. ...

Through the mountains, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Through the mountains

A travel blog entry by 1stclasscamping

Again, I set out in the morning in my car, through the mountains, back past Christchurch (stopping to pick up an extra blanket in case there's another cold night), and off the Arthur’s Pass. Again, beautiful drive.  Words can’t describe ...

Hokitika, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Hokitika

A travel blog entry by richie-ruth

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Hokitika, New Zealand, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Hokitika, New Zealand

A travel blog entry by dam

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Hokitika, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Hokitika

A travel blog entry by woodgeandfidge

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... from Christchuch across Arthur's pass to the West coast. The drive again was stunning and we ended up in a small town called Hokitika at a motorhome camp for the night. We walked along Hokitika beach before sunset which was lovely and got to see a fur ...

Day 29 Day of Surprises, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Day 29 Day of Surprises

A travel blog entry by roamed

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... almost all the stores were closed. I missed the Ruby Rock Gallery which sells Goodletite (which contains ruby, sapphire, and tourmaline crystals.) Hokitika is the only place where this is found. I did go to one really nice store where I bought a beautiful ...

contrasts, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

contrasts

A travel blog entry by themiddleroute

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So we left Franz Joseph in the rain and arrived in Hokatika in the sun.  This is a pleasent township by the coast.  We have just enjoyed a very pleasant meal overlooking the Tasman Sea surf as it rolls up the shallow beach here.  The sky ...

Glow worms!, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Glow worms!

A travel blog entry by joegoldston

... on them that were inspiring or factual. We strolled pleasantly, finding treasure after treasure. We reached the coastal town of Hokitika in late afternoon, opting for a nice room rather than camping in the rain. Later after visiting some of the Jade ...

Gloworms and Greenstone, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Gloworms and Greenstone

A travel blog entry by laurieandjilly

... welcome us. It was really good to be able to walk into their cave without having to pay for a guide as is the case in much of New Zealand. It was cool to see so many of them, that you wouldn't have been able to see at all had it not been completely pitch ...

Dec 16, 2011, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Dec 16, 2011

A travel blog entry by juliettevanloon

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Good Buggers!, Hokitika, New Zealand travel blog

Good Buggers!

A travel blog entry by fos53

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... ; It has been drizzle/rain up the west coast too, so have not got upto the glaciers, but did a short gorge walk near Hokitika. Rain Forest Paradise.  Stayed in a briliant site in Franz Josef right in the rainforest.  - Until the morning when the ...

Lake Mahinapua and the Poo Pub, Ruatapu, New Zealand travel blog

Lake Mahinapua and the Poo Pub

A travel blog entry by jz2009

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The Kiwi Bus stops in Mahinapua, a place in the middle of no where, to stay in a pub owned by the oldest publican in NZ, an 83 year old called Les. The bus has the whole place to our selves, and each night there is a fancy dress party with a different ...

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