The Wild West Coast

Welcome to Hokitika, the real wild west of New Zealand, and home to the country’s most iconic Wildfoods Festival. Where festival-goers celebrate by eating weird and wonderful kai (food) found by foraging in nature. Think creepy-crawly treats such as huhu grubs, crispy tarantulas, jellied fish eyeballs, grasshoppers and even pig snouts on a stick!

Not so keen on the kai? Luckily, there are many other things to do at the festival, from live music, firework displays, and a ‘Feral Fashion’ dress-up competition, where punters dress up as all sorts of things from shower loofas to action figures!

So, polish up your gumboots, and get ready to try something really wild on the West Coast.