Hokitika and Ross

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.dsc_0446

An impressive clock tower greets you as you enter the town, and there are plenty more wonderful buildings.dsc_0404 dsc_0414 dsc_0413 dsc_0403 dsc_0448 dsc_0454 dsc_0419 dsc_0420

If driftwood, and art made from it, is your thing then this is the place for you.dsc_0432 dsc_0438

And if you’ve just landed in your UFO there is some appropriate seating.dsc_0425

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.dsc_0479 dsc_0474

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