Opotiki

Eastland

Eastland

Highlights

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

Proximity

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

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Ōpōtiki 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.

Eastland
Canoeing the Waikoeka River,Opotiki, Eastland

By BackpackerGuide.NZ

Eastland
Dunes Trail Opotiki, Eastland

By BackpackerGuide.NZ

Bay of Plenty
St Stephens Church, Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

By John Dawson

Bay of Plenty
Surfcasting near Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

By REAF

Reflecting the area’s importance for Māori, the main street of Ōpōtiki is decorated with the works of master carvers. To get a picture of local history, you can take a guided walk with a Māori historian or visit the museum. Ōpōtiki was one of the first places settled by Māori; 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 Māori. 
 

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