Hokitika Airport is the gateway to New Zealand’s west coast. It facilitates access into one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country, home to a wealth of natural attractions and outdoor activities. There are frequent domestic flights to Christchurch daily via Eagle Airways, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia. A shuttle runs between Greymouth and Hokitika Airport. Taxis are also available for hire.
Where to go
Fox Glacier: If you haven’t already made a trip to the Fox Glacier during your time in Hokitika, you should. Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, the Fox Glacier is one of the big highlights of the West Coast. Let Fox Glacier Guiding take you on guided walks through the spectacular formations. Day Heli-Treks, overnight alpine treks and heli-ice climbing adventures are some of the activities you can choose from.
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes: In Punakaiki, be wowed by the pancake rocks, formed by the accumulation of lime and sand stone layers. They were once buried under the ocean, but earthquake activity lifted them above the water, forming cliffs and ravines resembling giant stacks of hotcakes. When the ocean rises, water and air are compressed in vertical shafts within the cliffs, the result of which are blowholes shooting out geyser-like jets!
Christchurch: Since the devastating quakes of 2010 and 2011, Christchurch has been a city under construction. However, it has also opportunistically taken the chance to reinvent itself; the result of which is a vibrant city where new and old accommodate each other. Old time pleasures such a walk in The Botanic Gardens or a punt down the Avon can still be savoured, but look out also for the creative spaces filled by Gap Filler, an urban regeneration initiative in response to the quakes. Vacant sites are filled with works by creatives, which basically means anyone with an idea.
Alternatively, transfer in Christchurch to number of international destinations, including:
Singapore: Sunny Singapore is a world away from the West Coast. Densely populated and completely urbanised, Singapore offers much more than what first meets the eye. A melting hotpot of cultures and cuisines, Singapore’s native demographic comprises a combination of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasians. Explore the heritage areas of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. Of course, any local will tell you that Singaporeans are united by their love for food. You’ll find the best and cheapest fare in the local hawker centres, also known as Kopitiam.
Melbourne: Edgy, chic and gritty at the same time, Melbourne is one of the most popular destinations in Australia. The city brims with arts, culture, shopping and dining opportunities. Head to the Southbank precinct to experience its cutting-edge arts and culture, or follow your nose down
its hive of laneways to a freshly roasted flat white. At night, the basements come alive with live music. There’s just no time for sleep here!
Dubai: It seems there is nothing in your imagination that the Emirati won’t build. The tallest building in the world, the largest performing fountain, a skii resort inside a shopping mall? No problem. Not forgetting the man-made Palm Islands that house some of the most affluential people in the world. The nightlife on Jumeirah is particularly vibrant; be sure to try to camel milk cocktail at Bahri Bar!
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