Posted by: lindsaygoes | November 17, 2015

New Zealand: Hokitika to Frank Josef

The next day we started exploring Hokitika. It’s a nice little town, with an interesting museum and some interesting art and crafts areas. It also has one of the best town signs I’ve seen, made with driftwood on the beach. As well as the museum we visited sock world, which is full of sock knitting machines, the gold room and some jade shops.

Hokitika, New Zealand

Hokitika, New Zealand

Heading out of Hokitika we went to the Westcoast treetop walk, which was pretty spectacular, even though it was raining quite a lot! It was lucky they provided umbrellas there. I can imagine the view from the top would be quite different on a clear day, but it was still nice to get up in the treetops.

Westcoast Treetop walk, Hokitika

Westcoast Treetop walk, Hokitika

We then drove through Ross, making a brief stop at the Ross Information and Heritage Center and the historic cemetery before heading to Franz Josef Glacier. We meant to do the walk to Franz Josef glacier, except accidentally missed the turnoff and ended up walking 1.5 kilometers in the wrong direction (I know it was that far from the sign when we realised we had gone the wrong way). The walk we did was still quite nice, shaded by trees and surrounded by forest, but it did mean we had a bit further to go once we got back to the carpark. We did eventually make it as close as we could get to the glacier, even with a bit of a walk in the rain. That evening we treated ourselves with a visit to the Glacier Hot Pools, a lovely way to relax.

Waterfall near Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Waterfall near Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier Walk, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier Walk, New Zealand



  1. Great Post

  2. is the Hokitika clock tower still there?

    • It is! We had a bit of rain when we were taking photos.

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