10 Things to Do in Opotiki That You Shouldn't Miss

December 28, 2017 Velvet Mowry

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.
Restaurants in Opotiki

1. Waiotahe Beach

Waiotahi Beach Road, Opotiki, New Zealand
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5 based on 44 reviews

Waiotahe Beach

Reviewed By Robyn V - Opotiki, New Zealand

We love walking on this beautiful beach! Drift wood and shells for the discerning collector; fresh air and space to clear away the cobwebs and the most glorious views for photographers, artists and anyone who just wishes to appreciate the scenery...Waiotahi Beach has it all and more...

2. Hukutaia Domain

Woodlands Road, Opotiki, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 35 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 Grant N - Havelock North, New Zealand

Delightful native bush area with good paths and lots of signs with names of the plants. Highlight is Taketakerau The Burial Tree - information pamphlets available describe the history of this 2000 year old Puriri tree (there's also a book available to purchase that is an excellent reference for local and world history using the growth of the tree from seeding to the present. Nice and peaceful and worth an hour or so just wandering

3. Christ Church Raukokore

9948 Pacific Coast Highway | Waihau Bay, Opotiki 3199, New Zealand +64 7-315 3031
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Christ Church Raukokore

Reviewed By Strickes - Rotorua, New Zealand

We stopped here last week while travelling around east coast in our motorhome. Lovely old church in stunning beachside location. Well maintained and right next to beach. Good info on church and history, right alongside of road. Graves at back of church are well maintained also. Good spot to stop and have a look at.

4. Motu Trails

Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge, Opotiki, New Zealand
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5 based on 24 reviews

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 Zealand

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 awesome couple of hours - well spent and great for dogs!

5. Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve

State Highway 2, Opotiki, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve

Reviewed By ruthzmail - Gisborne, New Zealand

En-route from Gisborne to Opotiki, there aren't too many choices for a coffee to break the journey....or so we thought!! About 1/2 through the gorge we came across a fluttering red flag at this lovely scenic stop. The coffee was excellent and the snacks looked very appetising. we were greeted by a very friendly owner and will definitely call again next time. great little scenic spot to break your journey and chill out for a little while.

6. Motu Trails

Bridge Street, 70, Opotiki, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Motu Trails

Reviewed By nzgirl68 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Had a great time cycling the dune trail. Not as easy as expected with undulating terrain, trail was narrow with loads of blind corners. There was also a reasonable amount of the trail with sand or loose gravel. This slowed me down as I'm not...MoreGlad you enjoyed it NZgirl. Sand gathers at a couple of stretches which are cleared fairly often. Two volunteers were out yesterday clearing. Lots of families ride just partway, such as Opotiki-Hukuwai (3km each way), or Opotiki-Tirohanga (6km each way).

7. Motu Road

Old Coach Road, Opotiki, New Zealand +64 7-315 5820
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Motu Road

Reviewed By Merilynn - Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

If you want a good adrenaline rush then bike the Old Motu Coach Road- although I only did a portion it was fantastic and scary at the same time. Also as a couple we cycled the Motu Dunes Trail into Opotiki and return- really good track and a pleasant way to cycle along the beachside.

8. Motu Trails - Day Adventures

138 St John Street, Opotiki 3122, New Zealand +64 7-315 5864
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5 based on 16 reviews

Motu Trails - Day Adventures

We offer bike hire, shuttle service and budget accommodation alongside the Motu Trails one of NZCT's. Suitable for all ages hire a bike and ride the Dunes Trail. This 22klm return ride hugs the Pacific Ocean with views of the East Cape and beyond. For the more adventurous hire a MTB, take the shuttle and ride 2 hrs downhill through the bush clad Pakihi Track.

Reviewed By K8tbee - Auckland Central, New Zealand

We hired mountain bikes from Motu Trails in Opotiki to cycle a bit of the trail. We were hoping to complete the bush trail but the shuttle left much earlier than we realised (I recommend calling in advance to organise this as apparently it is a 2hr drive to the start).
We were provided with friendly service and were offered an alternative route that didn't require shuttle access, this included the dunes trail plus a further side trip heading towards the bush. It was not overly difficult but the scenery was beautiful.
We were provided with decent bikes and had a lot of fun, we were also lucky and got great weather.

9. Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle

Te Waiti Stream Road, Opotiki, New Zealand +64 7-929 7564
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5 based on 14 reviews

Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle

Shuttle, bike hire, accommodation and camping right in the bush! We offer all you need to enjoy the mighty Motu Trails Cycleway. We are located within the same Forest Reserve and believe we have the best departure location for the Pakihi track and the Motu road trail(over two days). Bushaven borders the pristine Te Waiti stream and we have the Te Waiti track starting right at our gate.

Reviewed By gordomordo - Tauranga, New Zealand

A large group of us used this shuttle to get to the start of our Motu trails / Pakihi track Mountain Bike adventure. John was our driver and was extremely helpful. I had asked a heap of questions leading up to the ride and he always replied quickly with the info I needed. I found the shuttle service offered to be flexible in terms of the starting time and location. We chose to leave from the Bushaven camp which is a treat visually in itself.
Overall they provide a great service and we would recommend this to all who are interested in riding the beautiful Motu trials : )

10. Opotiki District Museum

123 Church Street, Opotiki, New Zealand +64 7-315 5193
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Opotiki District Museum

Reviewed By jude c

A small but well curated museum. It's fresh and inviting, has a great "ahua/vibe" and is great for little ones in tow. There has been a lot if time and effort put it and well worth it. Volunteers/staff are fab. It doesn't small old and boring, a must if you're in town.

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