The 10 Best Things to Do in Opotiki, North Island

Opotiki /ɔːpɔːˈtɪki/ (Māori: Ōpōtiki) is a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. It houses the headquarters of the Opotiki District Council and comes under the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

1. Waiotahe Beach

Waiotahi Beach Road, Opotiki, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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5 based on 55 reviews

Waiotahe Beach

Reviewed By Anne J - Auckland, New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand

Amazing Driftwood

We loved wandering along this beach. Fascinating driftwood everywhere. The totem poles were an interesting insight to the areas history.

2. Hukutaia Domain

Woodlands Road, Opotiki, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Hukutaia Domain

The Hukutaia Domain ranks as one of Opotiki's main attractions. It is a 5 hectare remnant of extensive native forest that was set aside as a reserve by one of the original owners Mr E.M Hutchinson in the early 1900's. Mr Norman Potts was instrumental in developing the reserve with walking tracks and touring all over New Zealand (plus outlying islands) gathering rare and endangered plants some of which now form a very valuable botanical collection. Mr Marc Heginbotham followed on with Mr Potts work. Of particular interest is the 2000/5000 year old giant Puriri tree. Being hollow the tree was used as a resting place for the bones of Distinguished Dead of the Upokorehe. The tree named Taketakerau was highly Tapu. Local resident Marnie Anstis has written a book entitled the Millennium Tree which is based on the life of Taketakerau. The Domain is owned by the Opotiki District Council. A Care Group looks after the Domain by way of maintenance, pest control and development with generous help from the Council and Environment Bay of Plenty. Brochures, information sheets and notices about various topics are available in the Domain. There is no charge to visit the Domain. To get to the Domain turn left immediately on leaving the Waioeka bridge (heading west) on to Woodlands Road and drive about 7 kilometers to very near the end where you will find the Domain sign. The Domain is looked after by the Hukutaia Domain 'CARE GROUP' a small group of volunteer locals with a keen interest in the welfare of the Domain. Work includes track maintenance and improvement, pest control, signs, information and data.

Reviewed By bageladventures - Dunedin, New ZealandDunedin, New Zealand

A beautiful walk in a beautiful place

The Hukutaia Domain has been a favourite place of mine since I was very young and frequently visit when I can. It’s well maintained with new wooden walkways. It’s a great place to have a picnic and to sit and watch the native birds. The tree at the heart

3. Christ Church Raukokore

9948 Pacific Coast Highway | Waihau Bay, Opotiki 3199, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Christ Church Raukokore

Reviewed By PeanutWellington - WellingtonWellington

An Iconic View

What an iconic view of the East Cape - take time to walk around the cemetery to visit those in repose by the sea - it is a beautiful church steeped in history and a joy to look at.

4. Motu Road

Old Coach Road, Opotiki, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities, Scenic Drives
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Motu Road

Reviewed By Tim R - Fort WorthFort Worth

Motu Road

This is truly an amazing set of trails. Well marked and maintained there is something for every level of rider or hiker along these trails.They can be done in part or total taking several days.

5. Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve

State Highway 2, Opotiki, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve

Reviewed By paullegate - St Ives, United KingdomSt Ives, United Kingdom

A challenging drive through Waioeka Gorge

We drove through Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve on our way from East Cape to Bay of Plenty but our drive through the Gorge coincided with the weather turning for the worst. It turned into quite a challenge with the roads flooding with parts being very deep

6. Motu Trails

Bridge Street, 70, Opotiki, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Biking Trails
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Motu Trails

Reviewed By RRoadRunner - Sarnen, SwitzerlandSarnen, Switzerland

What a great ride!

We made the full round of 90 kilometers, starting with the dunes, then we climbed up the Motu Trail and ran down back to Opotiki. The whole trail is quite demanding - it took us 7 to 8 hours. I am a passionated mountain biker with around 7-8000 kilometers

7. Motu Trails

| Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge, Opotiki, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Biking Trails
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Motu Trails

The Dunes Trail is part of the Motu Trails Cycleway. It's a shared-use (bike, walk, run) trail that undulates 10km along the Pacific coast east of Opotiki. The riding is easy, the views sensational. Cruise just a few kilometres, or ride on to the Motu Road and Pakihi Track.

Reviewed By Isabell8785 - Tauranga, New ZealandTauranga, New Zealand

Perfect day

We were looking for a nice ride to "teach" our puppy to run next to mountainbikes - and this was the perfect trail for it. 20km easy cycle, with great views and we were super lucky with the weather as well. Great spots for rests and picnics - just an awes

8. Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park

Ohiwa Harbour Road, Opotiki, New Zealand Nature & Parks
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5 based on 5 reviews

Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park

Reviewed By JimR2867

Stunning ocean and harbour panorama

If you want an idea of just how special the Opotiki coast is, you'll get it at Onekawa Te Mawhai regional park. The main entrance is Ohiwa Harbour Road, 15 minutes' drive west of Opotiki; 40 minutes from Whakatane. There's a holiday park at the foot of th

9. Opotiki District Museum

123 Church Street, Opotiki, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Opotiki District Museum

Reviewed By HafodBlueMountains - Blue MountainsBlue Mountains

Well worth a visit

We travelled east around the Bay from Whakatane on a Saturday and were recommended to this museum, which was open in the afternoon when much else in the town was closed. A very friendly volunteer gave us a short overview then we explored the exhibits. The

10. Opotiki i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

70 Bridge Street, Opotiki 3122, New Zealand Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Opotiki i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By SoBe8889 - Espoo, FinlandEspoo, Finland

Friendly staff at the i-SITE Visitor Information in Opotiki

The staff in Opotiki Tourist Information were friendly and very helpful. The managed to find us accommodation in a nearby motel, even if it was the peak holiday season. Thank you!

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