The Wild Food Festival

The Hokitika Wildfoods festival in early March each year is an extravaganza of gourmet bushtucker, based on The West Coast's natural food sources.


The emphasis is on novel, tasty and healthy wildfood.

The Wild Food Festival is a celebratation of the unique West Coasts lifestyle, food and hospitality.

The Wild Food Festival is famous for the special West Coast food that is on offer. At the festival you will find possum pies, huhu grubs, ows’ udders, Chatham Island seagulls, paua titties (roe), bull, lamb and goat testicles, gorse flower wine and gourmet garden snails, and magpie pies. There is also plenty of West Coast whitebait for those not so keen to try the interesting wild foods.

To wash down the 'Wild Foods' there is plenty of the West Coast's most famous beer Monteiths on tap. There are three stages at the festival where there is living music and entertainment all day long.

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Wild Food Festival Tickets

Tickets are limited to 18000 festival goers. Tickets can be purchased at your nearest Postie Plus Store, or from the Hokitika Information office - phone 03 755 6166 (Credit card and mail order booking only). A limited number of tickets may be available at the gates.