The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush is well worth a visit. The Hokitika Gorge is 33kms from Hokitika. It is a short walk from the carpark through a mainly rimu and podocarp forest to a viewing platform where the water has to be seen to be believed. An awesome viewing platform is just four minutes from the car park and this part of the track is accessible for wheelchairs. Carry on further to an impressive swingbridge and the granite rocks of the gorge's walls.
For good views further up the gorge, cross the swing bridge and when you come to the end of it turn left (straight ahead leads to private farmland). The track continues for another 200 m through the bush to another viewing platform with looking out to the gorge upstream of the bridge.