From the rural town of Ōtaki you can plan expeditions into the Tararua Forest Park, where there are great hiking and hunting opportunities.
The rural service town of Ōtaki is situated near the north bank of the Ōtaki River. The area is historically significant for Māori – there are several marae in and around Ōtaki, as well as a Māori college. Close proximity to the walkways of the Tararua Range(opens in new window) is Ōtaki’s main attraction. At Ōtaki Forks you’ll find picnic, swimming and camping areas. Hiking tracks range from 30 minute strolls to multi-day expeditions (there are several hikers’ huts in the ranges). Ōtaki Beach is wide and windswept – a great place for an invigorating run or walk.
Functional facts: Approx. population 5500, information centre, good range of shops and services, train station.