The 'Cool Little Town' of Hokitika was established during the Gold Rush, and was once the most populated place in New Zealand. Situated close to Ross, where NZ’s largest gold nugget the ‘Honourable Roddy’ was discovered in 1909. While there may not be a lot of gold left to mine, there are still many hidden gems like Hokitika Gorge where the water has to be seen to be believed. A half hour drive from the township will find you walking through a native forest of rimu and podocarp which opens out to a viewing platform and the iconic swing bridge. The natural vivid turquoise water surrounded by untamed native bush is nothing short of spectacular, and a favourite spot with locals and tourists alike.