We recommend guests stay a minimum of two nights at Rimu Lodge to enjoy the activities available. Located by the sea, at the mouth of Hokitika River, Hokitika is the largest town in Westland District. It offers a range of retail, banking and other services, including jade (greenstone), gold and other minerals. Craft artists, sculptors, jewellers, painters and poets have chosen the Hokitika area as their home.
For magnificent rain forest walks and bird watching, there are many walking options around Hokitika:
Hokitika Gorge: 25 minutes drive from Rimu Lodge you will visit Hokitika gorge, the water is a beautiful turquoise blue colour due to the alluvial silt from the glaciers and Southern alps, surrounded by lush native bush and an easy 15 minute walk to the swing bridge. http://www.hokitika.org/places/59/Hokitika-Gorge
Rimu gold tunnels
RIMU HERITAGE WALK
400 metres from Rimu lodge is a lookout and a one hour return walk down through a genuine gold rush area, to gold mine tunnels. There are information panels about the history of the area.
In 1882 gold was discovered in Rimu. Shortly after this there were 500 miners on the field, and not long after there were six hotels, two banks, two bakeries, a butcher, two churches and a convent school in the town. A sawmill was built in 1899 and was devoted almost exclusively to the cutting of red pine (rimu).
A wonderful view can be had at Rimu Point Lookout overlooking the river and the surrounding mountains.
Han Bay Lake Kaniere
Lake Kaniere offers many lovely walks, Dorothy waterfalls and canoe cove walk are both easy short walks. http://www.hokitika.org/see/outdoors/70/Walks
Lake Mahinapua jetty
Bird watchers will love Lake Mahinapua walks. Bellbird walk, Jum Michel walk, Maninui tramline walk. http://www.hokitika.org/see/outdoors/70/Walks
Hokitika is a fisherman’s paradise. We have two lakes to choose from, Lake Kaniere where you can cast your rod out for salmon, perch, rainbow and brown trout.
At Lake Mahinapua fishing is best done from a boat, with plentiful perch and brown trout.
If river fishing is your preference, both Hokitika river and Mahinalua creek offer spin and fly fishing for trout all year round and from January to April you may catch a salmon.
West coast wilderness trail
The wilderness trail cycling in New Zealand, is cycling at its best.
It covers some of the most spectacular scenery, from lakes, to rivers, rain forests and wetlands.
Mahinapua links golf course
Hokitika has one of the few Links courses, Mahinapua links course. It has majestic views of Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and the magnificent Southern alps.
The pancake rocks are only 1 hour 25 minutes from Rimu lodge. A fascinating rock formation which resembles stacked pancakes. Punakaiki has a huge blow hole which puts on quite the display at high tide. http://www.punakaiki.co.nz/
You can walk to the glacier, or take a helicopter tour to the top of the glacier, only 1 hour and 45 minutes drive from Rimu lodge. http://www.glaciercountry.co.nz/
The nesting site of the magnificent Kotuku (white heron) is found only 1 hours drive from Rimu lodge. You can be taken on a guided tour via vehicle and boat to the rookery. November through March.
Held every year in March, the wild food festival is for everyone who is keen to try some adventurous wild foods. Visitors, foodies and chefs from around the world gather to taste some of Hokitika’s wildest foods. http://www.wildfoods.co.nz/