Kowhitirangi Valley and Hokitika Gorge


Our Sunday drive was a drive less traveled – first round Lake Kaniere into the Kokatahi Valley and then going deeper inland to the Kowhitirangi Valley to finally arrive at the Hokitika Gorge.

Hokitika Gorge

Renown for its blue-green waters wedged between the solid rock face it is a draw card for many a tourist to the West Coast. For us today we didn’t quite get those nice colours as we’d had much rain of late and some dark skies above.  There were patches of colour coming through though, especially whenever the skies cleared and the sun poked her head out to say hello.

hokitka river and valley views

views to hokitika gorge swingbridge

It is a short walk through a beautiful podocarp forest, following a gravelled track initially where you come to a lookout point, looking back out into the lush farmland of the Kowhitirangi Valley and down into the deep ravine of the gorge.

Hokitka gorge walk

Then you weave your way around some curved board walks to come to the swingbridge over the water.

Rocks off Hokitika Gorge walk

Once on the other side, after a very short bush walk you come out onto the rocky outcrop that the river winds her way against.  Taking great care as the rocks are slippery, you can get out and sit in wonderment at this beautiful sight.  It is incredibly peaceful and serene – although we pretty much had it to ourselves so I’m sure it is perhaps not quite so peaceful on a busy day.

Hokitika Gorge and river

Still we’ll take what we got thank you and just enjoy the peace and quiet, listening to the running water, the trickling waterfalls and the fantails and bellbirds singing their songs.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders of the West Coast – named one of the top ten regions in the world to visit by Lonely Planet.  We certainly know why.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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6 Responses to Kowhitirangi Valley and Hokitika Gorge

  1. G&B says:

    It truely is a magical place in the Hokitika Gorge but having said that, the whole of The Coast has these hidden gems and no doubt, so does the rest of New Zealand. It’s just a shame that we don’t all take time out of our busy hectic lives to explore our own backyard and experience these wonders. In the infamous words of Charlie “Explorer” Douglas ……. “Nature’s true wonders don’t disclose themselves to day-trippers. It is a place to linger.”
    – Explorer Charles Douglas (1840-1916)
    We really are truely blessed to be living in this stunning country !!!!

  2. bulldog says:

    Brilliant as usual…. what a place you live in…

  3. joshi daniel says:

    you have captured it so well 🙂

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