Opotiki 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.
Opotiki is 30 minutes drive east of Whakatane.
- Air New Zealand. has five direct daily flights to Whakatane, four from Auckland and one from Wellington with a flight time of 45 minutes. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Whakatane is 30 minutes drive away and is your best bet for car hire.
Intercity Coachlines stops outside Hot Bread Shop illy Cafe, 43 St Johns Street. Daily services are:
Auckland via Whakatane, Rotorua and Hamilton 10:30am. Gisborne via Matawai 4:45pm
NakedBus Has daily services to Auckland and Gisborne
BayBus Probably the cheapest way to get around the bay
Services may change so check websites for more details.
All car parking in Opotiki is free.
- Fibre and Fleece Fashion Show, De Luxe Theatre, Church St, Opotiki. 9th/10th/11th July.
- 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.
- 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.
- Horse Trek, end TeWaiti stream road, Urutawa Forest, Opotiki, ☎ . 4-6 hours treks up the pristine TeWaiti stream to the TeWaiti hut. Advance bookings only.
- Hiking. http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/east-coast-hawkes-bay/waoieka-urutawa-walks.pdf
- Opotiki Golf Club, 4 Fromow Rd, Hospital Hill (Located off Sh2 from Whakatane, turn right before crossing the bridge to town.), ☎ . A well maintained 18 hole, 70 par course. Basic equipment hire available.
- 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.). Summer: 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm. Booking required. Email: email@example.com
- 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.
- Motu Trail Cycleway (Mountain Biking), ☎ . 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.
- Opotiki New World, 19 Bridge St, ☎ . The only large supermarket operating in Opotiki. Stock up on supplies here before heading around the isolated East Cape.
Opotiki has several fast food outlets, mainly Chinese takeaways. For good Kiwi food visit one of the Fish N Chips stores in the town.
- Bushaven, end TeWaiti stream road, Urutawa Forest, Opotiki (Off Otara road), ☎ . 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 www.themotutrails.co.nz
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.
- Opotiki Information Centre, 70 Bridge St, Opotiki, ☎ . A brand new facility that is also the home of the local Department of Conservation office.