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Located in the West Coast region
Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve is 33 km east of Hokitika. Leave Hokitika's main road by turning inland onto Stafford St which become Kaniere Rd, then Kaniere-Kowhitirangi Rd. South of Kokatahi the road turns sharp left, then sharp right. Turn left into Johnston Rd, right into Nielson Rd, and left into Whitcombe Valley Rd.
The Hokitika River is swift, cold, and dangerous in all conditions. The consequences of swimming can and have been fatal. The gorge is steeply sided and exiting the river can be very difficult.