Saturday, August 18, 2012

An Island Paradise Awaits in Hokitika

By Margery Pick

If you love to vacation at the beach, but don't like all the tourist that usually goes long with it, then consider a getaway to Hokitika. It is located in the breathtakingly beautiful west coast of New Zealand, on the south island. You can soak up the sun's rays in relative privacy and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and rainforest as a backdrop. Even though the area isn't swarming with tourists, you will be pleasantly surprised at all the activities to keep you occupied and entertained.

Plus, you have a lot of options when it comes to your hokitika accommodation selection. You may want to get up close with nature in a campground or relax in a beachfront motel. A popular choice is renting a cabin right on the beach so you can sleep to the gentle sound of the waves lapping against the shore.

Hokitika is the ideal place when you want a vacation where you can get away from it all. Forget the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with your spirit amid nature's beautiful splendor. You can also burn off energy through water sports, enjoy fun shopping, and taste amazing new foods. If you love to fish, then you will love the west coast of New Zealand. Do you prefer water sports, boating, or swimming? If you can do it in the sun or on the water, you will find your favorite pastime on the beaches of Hokitika.

You won't want to spend all your time on the beach though, as you'll want to explore the surrounding wetlands and rainforest. The city is located on the western edge of the Alps, on an island. So it has an abundance of foliage, lush rainforests, and wetlands. The area gets a lot of rain in the summer months when it is hot and humid. The winter months are mild and make for a good time to visit, especially since that is the off season for tourists. The view then is spectacular with snow visible on the mountains in the background.

The waters around Hokitika are unbelievably clear, and the gorges and limestone canyons make for the perfect fishing holes or secluded getaways. Hokitika usually has a population of about 4500 people, so it has a small town atmosphere. At peak times, the population increases to around 35,000 but even that is much better than the swarms of tourists at other beaches. The busiest tourist time is during the Wildfoods Festival that is held during March each year and draws in visitors from all over.

On a clear day, you can stand on Main Street and see Mount Cook in the distance, beckoning you to enjoy nature's lush offerings. Your choice in accommodation hokitika offers depends entirely upon your wishes. Do you want to be pampered and have every need catered to, or do you want to rough it with the sounds and smells of nature? Hokitika is no tourist trap, but it is a favorite nature getaway among those in the know. If you are looking for a beautiful place in nature to unwind and enjoy the sand and surf, you won't have to look any further.

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