• Guided walk by Maori historian
  • Surf beaches
  • Hukutaia Domain


  • By car: 1 hour 45 mins from Tauranga
  • By car: 1 hour 50 mins from Gisborne

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Opotiki is a great place to slow down and get into the mood of Eastland. There are beaches to wander, forests to explore and rivers to ride.

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St Stephens Church, Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

By John Dawson

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Surfcasting near Opotiki, Bay of Plenty


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Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

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Pouwhenua at Waiotahe Beach, Bay of Plenty

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Reflecting the area’s importance for Maori, the main street of Opotiki is decorated with the works of master carvers. To get a picture of local history, you can take a guided walk with a Maori historian or visit the museum. Opotiki was one of the first places settled by Maori; it was also a centre for the Hauhau religion. In summer, the town fills up with holiday makers who come to enjoy the surf beaches, fishing and river activities.

Hukutaia Domain, south of the town centre, has one of the finest collections of native plants in New Zealand. Admire the domain's 2,500-year-old Puriri Tree, highly sacred to local Maori. 

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