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