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Hokitika: West Coast Tree Top Tower Zip Line and Walk

1. Hokitika: West Coast Tree Top Tower Zip Line and Walk

Immerse yourself in the rainforest of Hokitika on a tour combining a treetop walk and a zip line ride above the canopy. Feel the rush of speeding through the air on a tandem zip line, admire panoramic views, hear rainforest facts from your guide, and finish with a trip to the on-site cafe. Start your adventure at the West Coast Tree Top Visitor Center. Meet your local guide, get a safety briefing, and put on your gear. From here, head to the amazing treetop walkway structure, where you can take in breathtaking views over the rainforest. Learn all about the ancient rainforest from your guide as you walk along the tree canopy. Next, climb the 106 steps to the top of the spiral tower. Gear up with a friend on the tandem zip lines and rush through the air together from a height of 45 meters, on a 425-meter-long ride. After your adventure, head to the al fresco cafe for refreshments.

Hokitika: West Coast Treetop Walkway Entrance Ticket

2. Hokitika: West Coast Treetop Walkway Entrance Ticket

Experience an exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants at the Hokitika West Coast Treetop Walkway. Begin the adventure when you arrive at the Treetops Cafe. Embark on a 5-minute walk through the beautiful Rainforest that will lead you to the start of the treetop walk (a shuttle is available for people with impaired mobility). There is easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform that is 20 meters high and over 450 meters long. Then, enjoy a 45-minute and 1-hour stroll through the amazing West Coast Rainforest Tree Tops, listening to the birds and taking in incredible views. For the more adventurous travelers, opt to climb up to the top of the Hokitika Tower that will take you 40 meters above the forest floor. Be inspired by the sensational views over majestic snow-capped mountains, ancient rainforest and the Tasman Sea. Finish your experience back at Treetops cafe where they have a variety of delicious refreshments for purchase.

Hokitika: The National Kiwi Centre Tickets

3. Hokitika: The National Kiwi Centre Tickets

Enjoy a trip to The National Kiwi Centre in the heart of Hokitika, New Zealand, where a captivating world of native wildlife unfolds before your eyes. The centre is a celebration of the iconic kiwi bird, a symbol of New Zealand's unique biodiversity. Immerse yourself in an educational journey as you witness these flightless birds up close in their purpose-built nocturnal house. Home to both the Brown Kiwi and the Little Spotted Kiwi, the National Kiwi Centre offers a rare opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures in a controlled environment, ensuring their safety and preservation for generations to come. Beyond the kiwi experience, the centre introduces you to a diverse range of New Zealand's native wildlife. Marvel at the ancient tuatara, giant eels and crayfish, and engage with the passionate team of experts who are dedicated to the conservation and protection of these unique species.

Greymouth: Hokitika Gorge and Tree Top Walkway Half-Day Tour

4. Greymouth: Hokitika Gorge and Tree Top Walkway Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic one-hour drive to Hokitika Gorge and follow the coastline before heading inland through farmland and native bush.  Walk across the swing bridge and spend time enjoying this magical place. With a forty five minute loop walk accessing different view points along the way and access down to the waters edge. Take in its vivid turquoise waters surrounded by lush native bush and see for yourself why it is a key photo stop on the West Coast must-do list.  Explore Tree Top Walkway and experience life with the birds high up in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Gain easy access to the steel platform, which is 20 meters high and over 450 meters long. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Lake Mahinapua and surrounding mountain ranges. On a fine day as far as Mount Cook can be seen. Cafe on site for refreshments. If you’re a thrill-seeker, feel your heart pump as you climb to the top of Hokitika Tower, which is about 40 meters above the forest floor. Be inspired by a sensational vista of the majestic snow-capped Southern Alps, Lake Mahinapua, and the Tasman Sea. There is time to take your heartrate up even higher and travel to the bottom with the Zipline (extra costs involved to do this). Travel back to Greymouth to your accommodation or to the TranzAlpine train.

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What people are saying about Hokitika

Overall rating

(26 reviews)

We much enjoyed the tour with our excellent informative guide, Helen who showed us the most beautiful places . The tree top walkway and then the Hokitika Gorge. The bush so very different, but no less spectacular from that on the coast north of Greymouth. The tour was completed in good time for us to catch we caught the train back to Christchurch with time to spare. Thank you Helen.

I didn’t catch the name of the lady suiting us up with our safety gear but she was so helpful and friendly even though she was run off her feet. She made the experience very enjoyable, even offering to take a photo of my son and I when we landed from the zip line. We are very grateful she was working that day so thank you once again you deserve a pay rise 😊

Fantastic lengthy close-up & personal experience with a kiwi, with no glass between, viewing within arms reach. Also able to show our overseas guests a tuatara so 2 great NZ icons ticked. Eels are fascinating. Highly recommend 👌

Was such a fantastic activity. Felt really safe and well maintained which is important when you’re so high up 😁

Very interesting. Walked it by ourselves in about 35 mins, and we're not active people.