The South Island town of Hokitika is one of the cooler little towns you’ll find on the island. A beachside town, you’ll find it quite easy to reach the pretty beaches that make South Island’s west coast. The town is surrounded by deep mountain ranges, and you’ll find forests, rivers, and Hokitika Gorge; a spectacle of its own home to teal blue waters contrasted by lush woodlands. It’s a sight to behold and an absolute must if you’re visiting Hokitika. Although Hokitika is surrounded by natural beauty, don’t shy from checking out the town’s culture. You can find plenty of unique art venues and workshops dedicated to the town’s history and culture. With cool things to offer inside and out of its perimeters, Hokitika definitely owns up to its reputation as one of the cooler little towns in South Island.