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Opotiki [6] is a small coastal town in the Eastern Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's North Island. It is the starting point for State Highway 35. SH35 follows much of the coastline of the East Cape and terminates in Gisborne.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Whakatane is 30 minutes drive away and is your best bet for car hire.

By bus[edit]

Intercity [7]

BayBus [8] The cheapest way to get around the bay

Get around[edit]

All car parking in Opotiki is free.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fibre and Fleece Fashion Show, De Luxe Theatre, Church St, Opotiki. 9th/10th/11th July.  edit
  • Opotiki Rodeo, War Memorial Park grounds. Held every December usually on the 28th this rodeo event attracts cowboys, cowgirls and familys from all over New Zealand.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Waiotahi Beach, (a 5-10 minute drive west of Opotiki on State Highway 2.). This beach is patrolled by lifegaurds in summer and is a great place to swim, fish or relax. Every New Years Day (1 January) there is a beach sculpture competition. $5 per team, register by 9:30am. See the Opotiki information centre website for further event details.  edit
  • Fishing.  edit
  • Horse Trek, end TeWaiti stream road, Urutawa Forest, Opotiki, 07 929 7564, [1]. 4-6 hours treks up the pristine TeWaiti stream to the TeWaiti hut. Advance bookings only.  edit
  • Hiking.  edit
  • Opotiki Golf Club, 4 Fromow Rd, Hospital Hill (Located off Sh2 from Whakatane, turn right before crossing the bridge to town.), (07) 315 7415‎, [2]. A well maintained 18 hole, 70 par course. Basic equipment hire available.  edit
  • Motu River Jet Boat Tours, (35 mins east from Opotiki along Highway 35. Turn left immediately after crossing the Motu River Bridge. On your left at the riverbank will be the red coloured Motu River Jet Boat.), [3]. Summer: 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm. Booking required. Email: [email protected]  edit
  • Hukutaia Domain, Woodlands Rd (8km from Opotiki). 4.5 Hectares of ancient native forest that is full of birdlife. There are several short tracks all of which will take you past Taketakerau - a giant Puriri tree that was used by a local maori tribe as a burial tree. This magnificent tree is estimated to be over 2000 years old. Free/Donation.  edit
  • Motu Trail Cycleway (Mountain Biking), 021 56 46 65, [4]. Brand new cycleway commencing in Matawai. The Cycleway has two options; for a challenge you can descend down the remote and historic Pakihi track while those looking for a more leisurely ride can cruise down the Motu Road to connect with a new dedicated cycle track through the sand hills, along the beach and into to Opotiki. Excellent new website. Free. (,19-93km) edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Opotiki New World, 19 Bridge St, (07) 315 6723‎. The only large supermarket operating in Opotiki. Stock up on supplies here before heading around the isolated East Cape.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Opotiki has several fast food outlets, mainly Chinese takeaways. For good Kiwi food visit one of the Fish N Chips stores in the town.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bushaven, end TeWaiti stream road, Urutawa Forest, Opotiki (Off Otara road), 07 9297564, [5]. Comfortable assorted accommodation and camping right in a native bush reserve. Set in native bush within the Urutawa Scenic Reserve alongside the pristine TeWaiti stream yet only 20 min. from sunny Opotiki or 30 min. to the beach. Eastern Bay of Plenty. A range of accommodation including a five bedroom house, Love shack, bunkhouse, small batches and a small camp ground with full utilities. All have decks and use of BBQ's. Several walking , tramping and mountain biking tracks are very close by including Swim in clear unpolluted pools of mixed depths(you choose)we have hundreds. Take a gentle stroll up the TeWaiti track or branch off to a side track for a bit of a challenge, also great for mountain bikes. Sit back in the evening, enjoy a drink and barbie while listing to the native birds. Take one of our guided tours for something real special. Check out the glow worm just up the track. Maybe you just come and do nothing, that can be great as well. from $15 - $350.  edit


  • Opotiki Travel and Information Centre, 70 Bridge St, (07) 315 3031. Also the home of the local Department of Conservation office.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • The drive to Gisborne around the East Cape via State Highway 35 features spectacular ocean views and remote settlements. (Allow 8 hours on the road.) Then return to Opotiki via State Highway 2 and the Waioeka Gorge. (Allow 11 - 12 hours on the road for the round trip.)

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