The Westland District

OUR COMMUNITY : Hokitika and the Westland District

 

Our people:

    • Westland High School is located in Hokitika, a town of 3500 people. http://www.hokitika.org.nz/
    • 30% of WHS students identify themselves as Māori and the school and community respect the unique status of tangata whenua.

 

Our Place:

  • Hokitika is surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Southern Alps, lush rainforests, untamed rivers and a wild unspoilt coastline beach.
  • Creative Hokitika:
  • It has a friendly and relaxed environment.
  • The administrative and commercial hub for the Westland District.
    • Westland District Council
    • Westland Milk Products

POUNAMU

  • Hokitika is famous for its Pounamu (Greenstone or Jade).
  • The story of Pounamu…
  • You can spend a day carving your own piece. www.bonz-n-stonz.co.nz 

Our Learning:

YOUTH PROGRAMMES

  • St John’s Cadets
  • Boys’ Brigade.
  • Riding for The Disabled (RDA)  High school students often volunteer to assist RDA, which provides horse-riding for students and adults with disabilities.
  • Drama

SPORTS  and OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • West Coast Wilderness Trail www.westcoastwildernesstrail.co.nz/ One of New Zealand’s most stunning cycling great rides.
  • Horse riding, including lessons
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Squash… and more

 

EVENTS www.hokitikafestivals.co.nz and www.westcoast.co.nz/events

Sample events include
– January – Driftwood and Sand festival,
– February – Waitangi Day celebrations,
– March – Kids Day and Wildfoods Festival www.wildfoods.co.nz 
– Easter – Ute Muster www.utemuster.co.nz parade to celebrate the winter solstice
– September – Te Hui Ahurei o Ngā Kura o te Tai Poutini (West Coast Kapa Haka Festival),
– December – Christmas including Christmas Parade, Christmas Lights festival and Christmas on the beach concert.