Hokitika Wild Food Festival - New Zealand

Seagull eggs, huhu beetle grubs, whitebait patties and mountain oysters are just some of the delicacies on offer at the festival if you are a daring gourmet, which is held on the second Saturday in March.

Celebrating the wild food and drink of the West Coast, and the culinary creativity and originality of the locals, this unique event is unlike any other. The festival program includes live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a photography competition and prizes for the best-dressed festival-goers.

The annual festival, which has been going for over two decades, transforms the small coastal town of Hokitika and showcases the West Coast’s bountiful land and waterways.

As well as its gourmet delights, Hokitika is known as a traditional source of pounamu (greenstone), from the Arahura River. Take a tour to see greenstone carvers at work, or visit the town’s galleries and shops specializing in jewelry made from the stone.


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Accommodation

Otahuna Lodge

This luxury hideaway is set on a 19th century Victorian estate, and has impressive period features including timber fittings and stained glass windows. There are seven suites, and the laid back atmosphere is seductive, though you can golf or play...

The George

Stay in downtown Christchurch overlooking local landmarks Hagley Park and the Avon River. The rooms here ooze quality, and have modern, chic décor. The hotel boasts two award-winning restaurants, and with a one-to-one staff/guest ratio, service is impeccable.

Grasmere Lodge

,This upscale country retreat lies in the heartlands of the southern alps, the building itself dating back to the mid 19th century. Surrounded by towering peaks, after taking a brisk walk you can sit down to some of the best...

When to Visit
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