The setting for Eleanor Catton’s brilliant, Booker Prize winning, The Luminaries, Hokitika is a charming little place, home to impressive heritage buildings (though most are sadly closed due to earthquake risk) and a driftwood strewn beach.
An impressive clock tower greets you as you enter the town, and there are plenty more wonderful buildings.
If driftwood, and art made from it, is your thing then this is the place for you.
And if you’ve just landed in your UFO there is some appropriate seating.
Further south along the West Coast is Ross. I didn’t get time to explore as much as I’d have liked but I liked what I saw. Might come back here one day on the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail.
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