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Pacific Coast Highway Guide

FREE TRAVELLER'S GUIDE 2013 OPOTIKI I SITE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE - 70 Bridge Street, Opotiki Tel (07) 315 3031 • •

Whakatane | Opotiki | East Cape | Gisborne | Wairoa | Napier

Information Centres

WHAKATANE......................... Ph 07-306 2030 OPOTIKI..........See front cover Ph 07-315 3031 TE PUIA SPRINGS..................Ph 06-864 6853 GISBORNE............................Ph 06-868 6139 WAIROA................................Ph 06-838 7440

Eastland Websites

Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Contacts:

President: Mick McKay Editor/Treasurer: Barbara Collett Phone or txt: 0274 707317 Email: Assistant Editor: Margaret Rudkin Phone/Fax: 07-315 7437 Advertising Sales: John & Gladys Dawson Phone: 07-315 6755 or 027 254 4656. Email: The 2013 Pacific Coast Highway Guide is produced, published and presented with the compliments of the Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Incorporated, PO Box 23, Opotiki. The club acknowledges the assistance of all those who have helped with photographs or contents. New content material or suggested additions to this Guide are welcomed. Please contact the Editor, phone 027 470 7317. All content of this guide is copyright to the Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Inc and may not be used without prior written consent. The Opotiki & District 10,000 Club is a fully incorporated society that for the past 53 years has concentrated on the promotion of the Opotiki and East Cape district and would like to acknowledge the generosity of the advertisers without whose support this publication would not be possible. Thank you all.







Ohope Beach


Pacific Coast Highway to Opotiki




Opotiki Business Directory


Opotiki Activities


Opotiki Cafés, Restaurants & Takeaways


Opotiki Grocers & Fruit & Vege Outlets


What to do while in Opotiki


A Brief History


Opotiki Events Diary


Motu Trails


Opotiki to Gisborne via Waioeka Gorge


Opotiki to Gisborne via East Cape




Gisborne - Wairoa - Mahia Waikaremoana via Pacific Coast Highway






Wairoa to Napier


Emergency Services


Opotiki High Tides


Opotiki Township Map


Opotiki District Map


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Pacific Coast Highway Traveller's Guide


ia Ora and Haere Mai, welcome to the Eastland section of the Pacific Coast Highway, you are now officially “off-the-beaten-track”. As you journey through this beautiful region with it’s spectacular scenery, you will encounter friendly local people and experience a way of life that has changed little over recent years. Leaving Whakatane (travelling from North to South) you will skirt the picturesque Ohiwa Harbour before reaching the long undeveloped beaches at Waiotahi and Tirohanga. From Opotiki you have two choices - the route south via the Waioeka Gorge travels through a beautiful river valley flanked by native forests. A wonderful round trip can be enjoyed by turning north again at Matawai and returning to Opotiki on the Old Motu Coach road. Travelling east from Opotiki on SH35 is longer but enchanting, with numerous clear rivers descending from bush-clad hillsides as you follow the rocky coastline from bay to bay. This area, affectionately called “The Coast” by the locals, has a high Maori population and you will see many Marae with ornately carved gateways. Please remember that Marae are private property. You may meet a friendly local to show you around a Marae. Hicks Bay and Te Araroa is one of the most isolated parts of New Zealand but as with all of the Eastland Region there are plenty of options for good quality accommodation. An early morning visit to the East Cape Lighthouse is a must before heading south towards Gisborne. This section of Eastland is drier and it is well worth taking a side trip to visit one of the many golden-sand bays on this side of “The Coast”. Gisborne is a picturesque city with some beautiful beaches and allow some time to visit some of the excellent local wineries. Travelling further south to the river town of Wairoa, there are several more side trips available on your journey. The Pacific Coast Highway continues on a further 118km to the Art Deco city of Napier. The sealed roads are in good condition but are occasionally winding so please drive carefully, as we want you to come back! We are proud of this region that we love, and know that you will fall in love with it as well, enjoy your stay Opotiki & District 10,000 Club. we inspiring, terrifying and in some ways fragile and beautiful...” White Island is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Stepping foot inside the active crater is an experience never to be forgotten. A fascinating natural laboratory of hissing fumaroles, lava bombs, glittering yellow sulphur crystals, unusual rock formations, bubbling mud pots, hot thermal streams and a spectacular, steaming crater lake. One can explore the ruins of an abandoned sulphur mine and learn about the demise of the mining operations that finally ceased in 1933. The volcano emerges from the sea 49 km north of Whakatane, and can be reached by boat tours that depart daily from the Whakatane Wharf. (See advert above) Group at Sulphur mound, White Island Tours.


Join the crew aboard PeeJay for a 6 hour marine adventure that includes a guided tour on White Island – New Zealand’s only



122 Church St 07 315 6238



Wh a k ata n e

Tourist Court Motel

Studios, 1-bedroom units and a 2-bedroom unit which sleeps up to 7. 9 Sky channels, new LCD tv's, wireless internet, trampoline, bbq, spa pool. Self-catering facilities, hairdryer, guest laundry. Self rated 3+. Customer reviews 9 out of 10 (see our web-site) or 4 out of 5 on Trip Advisor.

New Managers Gladys & Kelvin

50 Landing Road, Whakatane • Phone: 07 308 7099, Reservations: 0800 308 709. Fax: 07 307 0821 • Email: • Website:

Welcome to Whakatane For detailed info on the Whakatane district see the Whakatane Visitor Guide Before you start on your East Cape trip, contact The Whakatane i-Site Visitor Centre Quay Street, Whakatane • Ph +64-07-306 2030 • Fax +64-07-308 6020 Email • Whakatane is a relaxed riverside town with spectacular views and surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most popular beaches. A busy centre of Eastern Bay commerce, it also has a thriving tourist industry offering visitors the chance to dive the crystal clear waters of the Bay, fish for the ‘big ones’, swim with dolphins and visit New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, the internationally renowned White Island. With high annual sunshine hours and a profusion of trees and flowers in the CBD, Whakatane has acquired a Mediterranean atmosphere in recent years. The shops in the pedestrian-friendly town centre will satisfy the most ardent visitor seeking some ‘retail therapy’ and the many restaurants and cafes cater for a wide variety of tastes. Barringtons Motor Lodge: 34 Landing Rd. 14 Large modern units. SKY, free WiFi, Guest laundry and Bike Hire. Ph 0800 830 130.

Naumai Motel: 61 Landing Road, 18 family & studio units, BBQ area, SKY TV, ample off-road parking. Ph 07-308 6422. Ph 0800 802 883.

Tourist Court Motel: 50 Landing Rd. Ph Gladys & Kevin on 0800 308 709 Email: Website: (see advert above)

White Island Rendezvous: Quality motel accommodation opposite the picturesque Whakatane Wharf. Ph 0800 733 529. (see White Island Tours advert page 1)

White Island Tours: Phone 0800 733 529. (see advert page 1) Our Local Directory online. Accommodation, Activities, Food & Drink, Shops, Services, Essential Information.

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Whakatane to Opotiki via Ohope Beach and Ohiwa Harbour Nil on the Pacific Coast Highway

There are two routes from Whakatane to Opotiki, one via Taneatua, the gateway to the Te Urewera, which is a very enjoyable drive for those with more time. This route is the most direct and most used, start from the town centre, by travelling south along Commerce Street, turning left up the Mokoroa Gorge. There is an alternative route north along the Strand turning right at the hotel and then right up the ridge to Hillcrest. This steep section is not recommended for vehicles towing but does provide good views of Whale Island and the Whakatane Heads. The two routes then merge and head for Ohope. Before the descent, the view of East Cape, the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Ohope Beach and Mt Hikurangi on a clear day, is worth a pause.

1 & 2 bedroom apartments fully self contained self service heated swimming pool & gym 200m to cafes, shops & dairy beach across the road



Qualmark Rated

5 West End Road Ohope Beach, New Zealand P 07 312 6100 / 0800BEACHPOINT

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43km Welcome to Ohope Beach 7km The world renowned holiday spot has 11 km of beach from West End, a favourite surfing spot, to Ohiwa Harbour mouth at the eastern end. Ohope has plenty of holiday accommodation including Beachpoint Apartments (see above) Oceanspray Homestay and Moanarua Beach Cottage (see below), a small shopping area where you will find a Service Station, Ohope Mobil Mart and behind there the Ohope Autos Workshop.

Beachpoint Apartments: 5 West End, Ohope. Sublime beachfront apartments. Ph 0800 BEACHPOINT. (see advert above)

Ohope Autos: Workshop Facilities, WOF and all your motoring needs. Open Monday to Friday. Ph 07-312 4897.

Ohope Mobil Mart: Petrol, diesel & LPG – Open 7 days Ph 07-312 4608

Oceanspray Homestay: 283A Pohutukawa Avenue, Ohope. Beachside quality accommodation, 3 bedroom self-contained apartment within our home. Warm hospitality assured. Member of B&B Association, NZ. Ph: 07-312 4112 or Mobile: 027 2866 824. E:

View of Ohope Beach looking east. Photo by

Harbour Road The Pacific Coast Highway turns inland at the junction with Harbour Road. If you take a left off Harbour Road onto Tawai Street, you will come across Hoterini Street where you will find Moanarua Beach Cottage. Continuing along Harbour Road you will find The Sandcastle, for Good Food to Go! This sandspit is the western arm of the Ohiwa Harbour, there is beach and harbour access, a wharf, boat launching, a holiday park and a golf course. Moanarua Beach Cottage: 2 Hoterini St. Miria & Taroi. E: W: Ph 07-312 5924 or 021-255 6192. See advert below

The Sandcastle: 311 Harbour Rd. Ph 07-312 4707. Good food to go! Home-made pizza, burgers, fish & chips, espresso plus bait, ice & groceries. Open 7 days. Deliveries available. Topline Accommodation Award Winning Garden Cultural Tours Boating, Fishing, Kayaking. Nestled Between Ocean & Harbour MOANARUA BEACH COTTAGE – A unique Maori Cultural Homestay Experience Ph 07 312 5924 or 021 2556192. W: E:


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Back on the Pacific Coast Highway the Ohiwa Harbour and the Oyster Farm come into view. This harbour, apart from its natural beauty, has great biological significance both for its flora and fauna and is a great source of kaimoana. Also it has endless potential for recreation. The road continues to follow the harbour, on the right you pass Te Kooti Road named after a well known historical figure, then on the right you come across McCoy Road where you will find Windego Pet Lodge. (see page 13). Further on is the site of the old Wainui School. At Burke Road, on the left, is the Saltmarsh Lookout, with a picnic area and boardwalk, which overlooks the largest remaining salt marsh in the Harbour. Unique displays of the rare bird life found here form part of this public area. The Cheddar Valley Walk also starts here: (2 km one way-4 km rtn) See WALKS on Page 23. The road continues along the edge of the harbour. Turn right up Harrisons Rd to find Ohiwa Macadamia Farm, which is just before the old Cheddar Valley Co-op Dairy Co. building, used for eleven years before amalgamation with Opotiki Co-op. In its heyday it processed the milk from 300 cows and is now used by Cheddar Valley Pottery, which is well worth a visit.

Ohiwa Macadamias Farm and Shop: Tasty hand-made products from our own orchard. Open most days over summer. Home of the famous WonderCracker. Ph.07-312 5137 Cheddar Valley Pottery: Domestic and garden ware. Tiles. NZ designs. Working studio. Stuart & Margaret Slade. Open most days. Ph 07-312 4583

The road follows the Nukuhou Stream till it meets SH2 again at the Matekerepu Bridge. If you turn right here on SH2 and travel a few kilometres you will find Ready Rock Farm. Ready Rock Farm: Horse Treks, Farm Treks or Beach Treks. Call Viv 07-315 4942 See advert below.


Horse Treks, Farm Treks or Beach Treks. For the best scenic views in the Bay of Plenty. Call Viv: Dont miss out: 07 315 4942

20km Kutarere 30km The settlement of Kutarere once the port town of Ohiwa Harbour that serviced the hinterland, is steeped in Maori history with recent major renovations to the local marae. Travelling eastwards still with the harbour on your left, Ruatuna Road provides an interesting detour.


18km Ohiwa Harbour Scenic Detour 32km This route follows the harbour edge via Ruatuna Road, Ohiwa Loop Road, Reeve Road and Ohiwa Harbour Road and rejoins the Pacific Coast Highway (SH2) at the Waiotahi River Bridge. In olden days Ohiwa was ringed by Pa sites, probably owing to the accessibility of sea food, and was the scene of numerous tribal fights and massacres. Te Kooti died here in 1893 on Hokianga Island in the middle of the harbour. It is a sealed road which leads to many ideal stopping places for safe swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, sailing, fishing, boating, netting, picnics, etc. With low tides, much of the harbour is bared and cockles are easily obtainable, also mussels in season. On the knoll at the turnoff, occupying an area of 1 to 1.5 hectares are the most northerly New Zealand Black Beech trees, Nothofagus Solanderi. The Ohiwa harbour is also the site of the most southerly growing Mangrove plants, and is the only harbour in the country administered by an act of Parliament. At the end of Reeves Road, turn left on Ohiwa Harbour Road, which leads to the Ohiwa spit under the historic Onekawa Pa site. (See WALKS page 24). A wharf, the Ferry Hotel, Post Office and school once existed near where the present channel now runs. The area is now a bird sanctuary, with 30 species of birds frequenting the harbour, including the rare migratory Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit. Surf casting at the entrance channel and on the ocean beach is popular. On the way to the Ohiwa Spit you will find, Fantail Cottage and Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park. A right turn at the Reeves Road, Ohiwa Harbour Road intersection leads over the hill to rejoin the Pacific Coast Highway (SH2).


Todd & Nola Morgan Phone: 07-315 4741 Fax: 07-315 4601 Email: Web:

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Fantail Cottage: 336 Ohiwa Harbour Road. B&B homestay, queen ensuite, spa pool, Ph 07-315 4981. Hosts Meg & Mike Collins.

Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park: Ohiwa Harbour Rd, RD2, Ph 07-315 4741. Motels,cabins, power & tent sites. E. Right on beach & harbour. (see advert above)

Continuing on the Pacific Coast Highway (SH2) on the right is Waiotahi Valley Road which travels some 15kms inland, another pleasant drive into the foothills of Te Urewera National Park. Just after the turn off on the right you will find a Caravan Dump Station. 11.5km Waiotahi River & Ohiwa Beach (Bryans Beach) 38.5km At the Waiotahi River Bridge, turn left. At the first intersection, turn left to go to the harbour via the Ohiwa Harbour Scenic Detour (see pg 4) which takes you up over the hill. Take the right fork alongside the river, this non-exit road leads to the beautifully pohutukawa-lined sandy Ohiwa (or Bryan's) Beach, where you will find Dene’s Beachside. This secluded spot offers surfcasting, picnicking and safe swimming.

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Absolute Beachfront Camping & Accommodation

Dene’s Beachside: Exclusive self catering unit. Ph 07-315 4085 Specialty homebaking/coffee provided. Golf coaching.

Continuing east along the Pacific Coast Highway (SH2) provides the beautiful spectacle of Waiotahi Beach with East Cape as a backdrop. This stretch of road when the Pohutukawa trees are in bloom is a magnificent sight. Waiotahi Beach provides good fishing, surfing and swimming and is probably Opotiki's most popular beach as there is adequate parking and picnic areas, with plenty of shade. You will pass the Pipi Beds rest area on the left with toilets, safe swimming and at low tide you can see the locals gathering Pipi’s (shellfish). 4km Waiotahi Beach 46km At the eastern end of the beach you will encounter two magnificently carved poles - Te ara Ki Te Tairawhiti - "The pathway to the sunrise", (see photo page 6) designed by Graham Hayward and created by Opotiki’s master carver, Heke Collier, they depict the arrival of the Maori people to Opotiki, with the European Soldier and the Maori Wahine (woman) portraying the togetherness of the races. Just past the poles on the right is Paerata Ridge Road, where you will find; Coast View Accommodation: 28 Paerata Ridge Road. Self contained unit with separate bedroom, superb view, off-road parking and close to the beach. Ph 07-315 5895

Opposite Paerata Ridge Road is the Opotiki Surf Lifesaving Club & public toilets. Just around the corner is Appleton Road, where you will find Island View Holiday Park (see advert below & next page).

Island View Holiday Park: 6 Appleton Road, Waiotahi Beach. Ph 07-315 7519 As close to the beach as it gets! See advert Page 6.

Corner Bridge and St John Streets, Opotiki

13 New Units – sleep 2–6 some with spa baths. All modern facilities. Cooked or Continental breakfast available.

Tel 07-315 5524 Fax 07-315 5504 Res 0800-103 003 Email


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lSLANDVIEW holiday park As close to the beach as it gets! swimming pool ACCOMMODATION: Powered and non-powered tent sites Caravan sites Cabins, tourist flats & backpackers

games room

FREE FREE h o t wifi s FREE ka y h o we r s a FREE BBQ k h ir e use


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HIGHLIGHTS: Safe Swimming beach Large Sites On-Site Store

6 Appleton Rd, Waiotahi Beach, Opotiki

Direct Access to Coastal Walkway Large Grass Recreation Areas Friendly & Relaxed Atmosphere!

Ph. o7 315 7519

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Continuing on the main road it is a short run through the Kukumoa cutting to view Opotiki over the Waioeka River. On the right is Bairds Road, where you will find Kukumoa Lodge.

Kukumoa Lodge: Boutique accommodation, pool, games room, spa and long line. Ph. 07-315 8545 Email Web:

Continuing on the Pacific Coast Highway you will see the Opotiki Golf Course, veer left and head across the Waioeka Bridge to Opotiki or turn right before the bridge and right again into Hukutaia Road, first on the right is Fromow Road where you will find the Opotiki Golf Club house. Continue up Hukutaia Road, veer right onto Crooked Road to get to Dickensons Road and Colonial House B&B.

Opotiki Golf Club: Picturesque 18 hole course. Town & Sea Views. Visitors Welcome. Club Facilities for Hire. Ph 07-315 7415. See Pg 20 for more info. Colonial House B&B: Rural/Coastal views, rose garden, dolls in the attic, warm hospitality. Ph Carole or Gordon 07-315 5166. Web:

Waiotahi Beach looking east – Troy Baker


Reservations 0800 556 246 13 modern spacious units, sleep 2-7, SKY TV, cooking facilities, WiFi.

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Magnolia Court Motel Cnr Bridge & Nelson Streets. PO Box 89, Opotiki. P: 07 315 8490. F: 07 315 5444. E: W:

Welcome to Opotiki For more detailed information on Opotiki & the East Cape contact OPOTIKI i-SITE 70 Bridge Street, Ph 07-315 3031 This Opotiki Guide has been published now for 53 years. Over this time it has become the most respected and comprehensive information source covering the East Coast section of the Pacific Coast Highway. With a wide distribution this Guide is an invaluable tool for any tourist travelling the area. This area of the country moves at its own unhurried pace. Opotiki is an area of rural farms, beautiful wilderness and miles of sandy beaches. Are you looking to go swimming, boating, fishing, rafting, kayaking or is walking your forte, then one of our defined walks is for you. A new addition is our fabulous Motu Cycle Trail which provides for all skills and age groups and offers some fantastic rides or walks either beachside or on our unique wilderness paths. Opotiki events that attract national interest include the Motu Challenge Multi Sport event, the famous Fibre and Fleece Fashion and Craft Show. We have a Charity Country Music Concert, a Silent Film Festival and a top class Rodeo. See Events Diary Pages 30 & 31 for more information. History abounds. We have many heritage buildings and Opotiki’s strategic position made it a settlement/port of importance as the East Cape gateway in the early days. Work is continuing on the future development of the Opotiki Harbour to accommodate an off shore mussel farm being developed just off the Opotiki Coast. Enjoy your time in the area. If we can be of assistance please enquire. Take care of the environment and thank-you for coming. Please come again. The Opotiki & District 10,000 Club acknowledges the support of our advertisers. Please support them, they made this Guide possible. Mick McKay - President, Opotiki & District 10.000 Club. Follow Bridge Street to the Stop sign at the junction with St John Street. Turn left here and travel down a couple of blocks to find Caltex Opotiki on the left. (see advert below).

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Caltex Opotiki, 121 St John Street, Opotiki Ph: 07 315 6298

The following pages are packed with information on the Opotiki District including; Opotiki Business Directory................................................... Pages 10 to 17 What to Do While in Opotiki ................................................. Pages 18 to 26 A Brief History .................................................................... Pages 27 to 29 Opotiki Events Diary............................................................. Pages 30 to 31 Opotiki High Tide Chart........................................................ Page 66 Opotiki Township Map ......................................................... Page 67 Opotiki District Map............................................................. Page 68 & 69


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Work for OPAC in Opotiki & Gisborne 93 Waioeka Rd Opotiki Ph: 07 315 8700

267 Lytton Rd Gisborne Ph: 06 868 3555

For further information email:






he town of Opotiki is situated on a harbour inlet formed by the junction of two rivers, the Waioeka and the Otara. Bounded by these rivers on three sides, the township of Opotiki which is now a ward of the Opotiki District Council, comprises 309 hectares. The County which extends from Ohiwa to Cape Runaway has a population of 9201. For sheer nat ural beaut y, mag nif icent coastal scenery, and many places of historical significance the Opotiki District is unparalleled anywhere in New Zealand. Opotiki, Gisborne, Wairoa and the East Cape form the Eastland area which is probably the finest of all holiday playgrounds in the country. Opotiki’s climate is equal to the best in the New Zealand. Here is a holiday destination that can be used all the year round. The town is sheltered from the cold southerlies that are experienced in many other places. The hours of sunshine are high in the New Zealand tables. The climate can be compared to that of California, U.S.A. but in Opotiki the air is fresh, clean and unpolluted. It’s a place for the outdoor loving person and grand place for a family to holiday and to live. Id e a l ly a n d c e nt r a l ly sit u a t e d i n a magnificent and rapidly expanding holiday area, Opotiki straddles two main highways. Highway 35, the glorious 335 km Pacific Coast Highway Scenic Route commences here and continues to Gisborne. Highway 2 continues through Opotiki from the north, along the 150 km Waioeka Gorge Scenic Highway to Gisborne. From Opotiki it is 52 km to Whakatane via Taneatua and 40 km via Ohope ... 150 km to Tauranga ... 140 km to Rotorua; truly an ideal base for any holidaymaker. As a point of

interest, the active volcano of White Island is 48 km off shore, seemingly serving as a “weather vane”, and perhaps as a “safety valve” for the thermal regions on the mainland. Opotiki is the northern gateway to East Cape/Gisbor ne area on the Pacif ic Coast Highway. Many attractions are within easy distance. These include, thermal areas with delightful hot pools, rivers and lakes well stocked with fish, bush country with hunting for deer, wild pigs, goats and opossum. The beautif ul Bay Of Plenty ocean is also a “Sportsmans Paradise” – with deep sea fishing, boating, surfcasting, surfing and swimming. Added to this is the peace and quiet which is so necessary for many city dwellers to relax their jangled nerves. If you are looking for city excitement – this is not the place for you! Opotiki is part of Tourism Eastland, an organisation whose aims are to encourage visitors to the Eastland region (Opotiki, Gisbor ne and Wai roa). O poti k i is also involved with Tourism Bay of Plenty and effectively coordinates tourism initiatives in both areas. The Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Inc joins the Opotiki Visitor Information Centre (i-Site) in it’s efforts to promote and inform visitors about Opotiki District. The Visitor i-Site is now in new premises at 70 Bridge Street which provides a one stop visitor shop. Please phone 07 315 3031. In King Street there is a health centre that provides 24 hour emergency care. O pot i k i ha s excellent k i nde rga r ten s, playcent res, pr i ma r y schools a nd a co-educational college. All sports and cultural activities are well catered for.

Work for OPAC in Opotiki & Gisborne 93 Waioeka Rd Opotiki Ph: 07 315 8700

267 Lytton Rd Gisborne Ph: 06 868 3555

For further information email:






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Ōpōtiki District Council provides the following facilities to help you enjoy your stay… REFUSE RECYCLING Ōpōtiki Wellington Street Hours: Thursday to Monday, 8.00am to 4.00pm Charges based on percentage sorted Te Kaha Copenhagen Road Hours: Sat/Sun/Mon/Wed, 9.00am to 2.00pm Waihau Bay Orete Forest Road Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9.00am to 2.00pm CAMPERVAN EFFLUENT DISPOSAL Waiotahi State Highway 2 Waiotahi Te Kaha Maraetai Bay Reserve Waihau Bay Waihau Bay Holiday Park PUBLIC TOILETS Refer Map: Ōhiwa Loop Road (Boat Ramp), Pipi Beds, Surf Lifesaving Club (Waiotahi Beach), Hikutaia Domain, i-SITE – Bridge St (+showers), Church Street, Memorial Park, Hukuwai Beach, Ōmaio, Te Kaha, Waihau Bay (Boat Ramp). All open air fires require a fire permit. These can be obtained from Ōpōtiki District Council office or Waihau Bay Fire Force. 108 St John Street, PO Box 44, Ōpōtiki 3162 T: (07) 3153031 F: (07) 315 7050 E:


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Masonic Hotel

Church Street, Opotiki. Phone 07-315 6115. Fax 07-315 7940 ▲ Rooms from $50 ▲ Irish Bar, Courtyard & Restaurant ▲ Flames Bar ▲ TAB ▲ Gaming ▲ Super Liquor Wholesale

Map Ref. Pg No.

Opotiki Business Directory Accommodation

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Airlie Lodge: Beach Rd Extn. Boutique B&B. Ph 07-315 8345. 027 482 5500. See pg 37.

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Bushaven: Assorted accommodation, camping 25 mins from Opotiki, alongside the pristine Te Waiti stream, in Urutawa Forest Reserve. 10 mins to the mighty Motu Trails Pakahi Track. Hire and shuttle service. Tel 07 929 7564, 027 bushaven. See ad pg 11.

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Capeview Cottage: Tablelands Road. Ph 07-315 7877. See advert pg 37.



Colonial House B&B: Dickensons Rd. Rural Opotiki. Ph 07-315 5166. See advert pg 6



Coast View Accommodation: Waiotahi Beach. Ph 07-315 5895 See advert pg 5.



Dene’s Beachside: Ohiwa Beach. Ph 07-315 4085. See advert pg 5.

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Fantail Cottage: 336 Ohiwa Harbour Rd. Ph 07-315 4981. See advert pg 5. Hunters Backpackers: Cnr King & Church Sts. Free Internet. Single & Double Rooms. Short & Long term. Ph 027 474 3198


Island View Holiday Park: 6 Appleton Rd, Waiotahi Beach, Opotiki. Ph 07-315 7519 As close to the beach as it gets! See advert Page 6.


Kukumoa Lodge: Boutique Accommodation. Ph 07-315 8545. See advert pg 6.


Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge: Cnr Bridge & St John Sts. Ph 07-315 5524. See advert pg 5.

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Magnolia Court Motel: Cnr Bridge & Nelson Sts. Ph 0800 556 246. See advert pg 7.



Masonic Hotel: Cnr Church & Ellott Sts. Ph 07-315 6115. See advert above.



Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park: Ohiwa Beach. Ph 07-315 4741. See advert pg 5.



Opotiki Holiday Park: Potts Ave. Ph 07-315 6050. See advert below.

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Opotiki Hotel: Cnr Church & Kelly Sts. Ph 07-315 6173. See advert pg 13.

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Ranui Motel: 36 Bridge St. 10 family and studio units. Affordable rates. Home cooked meals. Ph/fax 07-315 6669. Freephone 0800 828 128.

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Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp: 6km East on the PCH. Ph 07-315 7942. See advert pg 38.


Potts Ave - Opotiki - Ph/Fax 315 6050 Email


Situated by the Waioeka river 100m to boat ramp, 3km to nearest beach, 200m from shops, bars and cafes. Park Motel, self-contained units, cabins, powered and non-powered sites. Children’s playground and swimming pool. Book online at or phone your friendly hosts Jane & John Tiverton


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Activities Central Helicopters: All chopper work. Opotiki area specialist for hunting trips & sightseeing. Ph 07-315 5617. Dene’s Beachside - Golf Coaching: Ph 07-315 4085. See advet pg 5.


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Hikutaia Honey: 448 Woodlands Rd. Local honey and beeswax. Ph/fax 07-315 7650. Gate Sales. Please phone in advance.

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Hotglass Jewellery Gallery: 154 State Highway 35 Ph: 07-315 5996. See advert pg 37.

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Motu Cycle Trails: Freedom Bike Hire, Regular Shuttle, Toilets, Showers, Bike Wash. 138 St John St. Ph 07 315 5864. See advert pg 33.

Motu River Jet Boat Tours: Ph 07-325 2735. See advert pg 40.

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Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle: Hire, Shuttle and Accommodation servicing the mighty Motu Trails. Ride/Walk and then stay inside the pristine Urutawa Forest Reserve. 75 Church Street, Opotiki. 07-929 7564 027 cycle shuttle.

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Opotiki Bowling Club: Eastern end of King Street. Ph 07-315 6755.

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Opotiki Fishing Charters: Michael Ruru Ph 027 268 6190. See advert pg 38.

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Opotiki Golf Club: Visitors Welcome. Ph 07-315 7415. See advert pg 6.


Opotiki’s Historic Heart: Incorporating the Opotiki Museum, Hiona St Stephen’s Church, The Deluxe Theatre and the Shalfoon & Francis Four Square Store….see Page 19 for more Info.

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67 17 Opotiki Internet Café: 97 Church St. Ph: 07-315 7632. High speed wireless hotspot. (see advert below) 67

Opotiki Museum: 123 & 129 Church Street Ph 07-315 5193 (see advert below)


OPOTIKI MUSEUM Opotiki Heritage & Agricultural Trust Te Whare Taonga O Te Moana A Toi 123 & 129 Church Street, Opotiki

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm • Other times by arrangement. Entry $10 adults - $5 children - $25 per family • Ph 07-315 5193 • Email 67


Ready Rock Horse Treks: Booking in advance a must if during our holiday programme. Contact Opotiki Information Centre for our trekking itinerary. (see advert page 4)


wls Chopping Boards: 32 Church St. Ph 07-315 5622. Manufacturing & Sales O of Rimu Chopping Boards.


Retro: Vintage & Antiques: Cnr of King & Church Sts. Opotiki. Rachel Dixon-Davey. Ph 07-315 6685 or 021 732 839.


High speed wireless hot spot, phone cards, fax, copy, print, icecreams, milk and cream, milk shakes, cold drinks, snack foods, confectionery, dive bottle fill’s

97 Church Street • Opotiki phone/fax 07 315 7632 • Mon to Sat 7am to 5pm, Sun Closed


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FRESH FOOD BAKED DAILY ON SITE BREAKFAST • LUNCH • SNACKS Great Coffee • Great Food Cheerful Service Bridge St./St. John St Cnr. OPOTIKI Phone: 07 315 6795 Map Ref. Pg No.

Café's, Restaurants & Takeaways


24/7 Hot Food @ CALTEX: St John/King St cnr. Chicken, Chips, Pies, Sandwiches, Groceries, Bait. Swap a Bottle. Ph 07-315 6298 OPEN 24/7. See advert pg 7.



Crossroads Pizza: 27 Elliott St, Opotiki. Ph 07-315 6876. BEST PIZZAS IN TOWN & WE DELIVER. Summer Hours. Tuesday to Sunday 4pm-9pm. Winter Hours Tuesday to Saturday 4pm-8pm.



ouble Lucky Takeaways: 99b Church Street Ph 07-315 8308. Chinese Food. D Fish & Chips. Takeaway or Dine In. Open 7 days.



HBS Cafe: 43 St. John Street. Ph 07-315 6795. See advert above.



Honeys Bar & Restaurant at BBs Opotiki Hotel: Meals & Accommodation Available. Church St. P h 07-315 6173. See advert pg 13.



owhai Restaurant & Takeaways: Ph 07-315 6112. 125 Church St. K Open 7 days. Sun-Mon 8am – 7.30pm. Tues-Sat 8.30am – 8pm.



Masonic Hotel Restaurant: Irish Bar, Accommodation Available. Super Liquor Wholesale. Church St. Ph 07-315 6115. See advert pg 10.


Ocean Seafoods: 90 Church St. Ph 07-315 6335. See advert below.

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Opotiki RSA Club: St John St, Ph 07-315 6174. See advert pg 30.



Two Fish Café: Church St. Ph 07-315 5448 "Great Food, Great Coffee, Great Company"


Dine-in | Takeaway Retail Seafood | Wholesalers



90 Church Street, Opotiki. Phone 07 315 6335

Barry & Sharon Howe Proprietors

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Bluemoon Four Square & Lotto: 49 St John St. Ph 07-315 6799. 7 day service from 7.30am – 7.00pm. Grocery, fruit, vegetables, wine, beer and meat.



Opotiki Four Square: 112 Church St. Ph 07-315 6245. Hot chickens, Deli, vege, wine and beer. Open 7 days. The Big mini-mart. See advert below.



112 ChurCh Street, Ph 07 315 6245 Wide range of Groceries, Continuous Specials, Beer & Wine, hot Chickens, Veges the BIG MINI-MArt - Open 7 days

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Church Street. Ph 07- 315 6078. Tel/fax 07-315 6173 Email: • Honeys Bar & Restaurant • Accommodation • Garden Bar • Gaming Room • Sports Bar • Drive-in Wholesale Come in and enjoy our local hospitality

Opotiki Business Directory continued ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITIES IN OPOTIKI See page 10 and 11.

Slim's Bar & Casino. Elliott Street, Open 7 days. See advert inside front cover.



CARLSEN DODDS LTD. Elliott St. P.O. Box 225. Ph 07-315 6054. Fax 07-315 5234. COOKSON FORBES & Associates Ltd 96 Waioeka Rd. P.O. Box 541. Ph 07-315 7034. Fax 07-315 7038. B. RIESTERER. 82 Bridge St. P.O. Box 423. Ph/fax 07-315 6165

WINDEGO PET LODGE. Ph/Fax Kit 07-312 4259 anytime.

BUILDing contractors

Lou Vipond Building Contractor Ltd. Regd. Cert. Builder & L.P.A. approved Ph 027-5951803 a/h 07-315 8891.



JAYAR ELECTRICAL. See advert pg 21.

TIMBER SUPPLIES MITRE 10. Ph 07-315 6366. See advert below ITM. 21 Church St Ph 07-315 5984. See Page 14.



OPOTIKI APPLIANCE SERVICES. 19 Elliott St. Ph 07-315 6445. 027 656 3650.


DARRINGTON SLATER ARCHITECTS LTD. Ph 07-308 9962 or 06-867 6743. See pg 26.


WAKELIN MOTORS PARTS & SERVICE. 33 King St. Ph 07-315 6293. See pg 14.


A.A. EXPRESS. 20 King Street, Motor Vehicle licensing, State Insurance. Ph 07-315 8439.


KIWIbank. Ph 07-315 6155 see advert pg 15. WESTPAC OPOTIKI. Church St. Ph 07-315 1100. See advert pg 17.


BB’s OPOTIKI HOTEL. Church St. Ph 07-315 6078. See advert above. MASONIC HOTEL. Church St.Ph 07-315 6115. Drive In Wholesale. See advert pg 10.

CARNELL MEATS. 98 Church St. Ph 07-315 5005. "Opotiki's own Meat Warehouse" YOUNGS BUTCHERY. Elliott St. Ph 07-315 6139. Licensed meat packers.



MAGNUS LENNIE 1984 LTD. See Garages. WAKELIN MOTORS CARS. 58 Bridge St. Ph 07-315 5566. Contact Dave.


WAIOTAHI CONTRACTORS. 80 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 6580. See advert pg 26. Robert Monk Transport Ltd. General Carriers, fertilisers, metals. Ph 07-315 6454.


TE ARIA TOKA PRESCHOOL. 20-24 Buchanan Street. Ph 07-315 5967


Suppliers of all building materials. Quotations on all buildings in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Pre-cutting a specialty. Trusses manufactured to specifications. All materials delivered.


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Wakelin Motors Parts & Service

Full Workshop Facilities including WOF’s, TYRES, Wheel Alignments, BATTERIES, Auto Electrical & Air Conditioning Repairs. PANEL & PAINT REPAIRS. ALL Petrol or Diesel Cars & Light Commercials. Large Range of Parts In Stock. 33 King Street, Opotiki • Phone 07 315 6293 • Email:


HICKEYS OPOTIKI. Surf, Sport, Casual & Outdoor Clothing. Ph 07-315 6238 see advert Pg 1.


OPOTIKI ENGINEERING & HARDWARE. Ph 07-315 6285. King St. Welding, turning, water pumps, milking machines. Engineers to the district.

OPOTIKI R.S.A. CLUB. See advert pg 30.

FISHING See Sports & Outdoor Equipment.





Eastern Bay Concrete. 152 St John St. All Concrete work undertaken. Ph/Fax 07-315 8822. Mobile 0274 988 140. OPOTIKI DISTRICT COUNCIL. St Johns St. Ph 07-315 3030.


OPOTIKI DENTAL SERVICES. Paul Owen, 103 Church St. Ph 07-315 6124.


OPOTIKI DRAINLAYERS LTD. 89 St Johns St. Ph 07-315 6321. All domestic and commercial drainlaying.



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OPAC. Seasonal Workers needed. Ph 07-315 8700. See adverts page 8.


Cameron Electrical Ltd. Ph 07-315 5687 24 hours. FRASER CAMERON. See Refrigeration pg 16. JAYAR ELECTRICAL. See pg 21.


Engineering ServiceS. 44 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 6526. A/H 07-315 7228. All jobs undertaken. LOWES HIRE AND ENGINEERING. 86 Bridge St. Ph/Fax. 07-315 6515. See advert pg 23.

HICKEYS Opotiki. Ph 07-315 6238. Sports shoes, streetwear, casual shoes, jandals & sandals. See advert pg 1. See page 12.


OPAC. Competitive Rates. Email: personnel@ Ph 07-315 8700. See adverts page 8.


Brent Willets Funeral Services: Chapel, Office, Monuments 21 King St, Whakatane 07-307 1111. Opotiki 07-315 8888. GATEWAY FUNERAL SERVICES. 24 hours. 17 Awatapu Drive, Whakatane. Ph 07-315 8582 Email:


CHEDDAR VALLEY POTTERY. See pg 4. Hotglass Jewellery Gallery. See advert pg 37.


BRUCE HAWTIN MOTORS LTD. Bridge St. Ph/fax 07-315 6525. All motor repairs. W.O.F. EASTERN BAY MOTORS LTD. Elliott St. Ph 07-315 6142. See advert pg 22. MAGNUS LENNIE 1984 LTD. Church St. Ph 07-315 6337. Agents Mitsubishi cars, MTD dealers. A.A. service garage. Tractor sales. A/h sales ph 07-315 7347 or 07-315 7684. Opotiki Mechanical Services. Ph 07-315 6526. See advert page 15.

OPOTIKI ITM BUILDING CENTRE Suppliers of all Building & Fencing Materials. Free Quotes & Friendly Service Prenail and Trusses at competitive rates. “Your Building Partner On the Coast”


21 Church Street • Phone 07 315 5984 • Fax 07 315 5288 • Email

Ph 315 6155


Specialists in commercial and school stationery Books • Cards • Magazines • Gifts • Photocopying and laminating Opotiki TYRE Service. Ph 07-315 4046. See advert page 17.


prentice & brown automotive ltd: 33 Church Street, Opotiki. Call 07-315 6709. All Automotive services & repairs. Electronic fault diagnostic experts. Vehicle & Motorcycle WOF.


WAKELIN MOTORS PARTS & SERVICE. 33 King Street. Ph 07-315 6293. See advert pg 14.


MITRE 10. St John St. See advert pg 13.


OWLS CHOPPING BOARDS. 32 Church St. Ph 07-315 5622. Manufacturing & Sales of Rimu Chopping Boards.


Hikutaia HONEY. See advert pg 11. OPOTIKI i-SITE. 70 Bridge Street. Ph 07-315 3031. See front cover.


OPOTIKI INTERNET CAFÉ. See advert pg 11.


HICKEYS Opotiki. Ph 07 315 6238. For Citizen & Casio watches, jewellery, greenstone, luggage, wallets & handbags. See advert pg 1.


HICKEYS Opotiki. House keys, padlock keys, car keys. Ph 07-315 6238 see advert page 1.

OPOTIKI GLASS CENTRE. King St. Ph 07-315 6288. Full glazing service including windscreens. Custom-made picture frames. Fax 07-315 6289. Email


GROCERS See page 12.

McKECHNIE, QUIRKE & LEWIS. 125 St John St. Ph 07-315 6058. Fax 07-315 7614. POTTS AND HODGSON. 32 King St. Ph 07-315 6314. Fax 07-315 7737.

HEALTH PRODUCTS & TREATMENTS Grass Roots: Health Products & Therapeutic Treatments. 109 Church Street. Faye Stewart Ph/Fax 07-315 6665.


CHURCH ST SURGERY. Dr Jo Scott – Jones & Dr L Mondares. 94 Church Street Opotiki. Ph 07-3156 307. OPOTIKI MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT CENTRE. 84 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 5629. See advert pg 25. Whakatohea Health Centre. 117 Church St. Ph 07-315 6126.


LOWES HIRE & ENGINEERING. 86 Bridge St. Ph 07-315 6515. See advert pg 23.




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CHURCH ST, OPOTIKI. PH 315 6263. FAX 315 7133. EMAIL:

POST shop

LAUNDRAMAT. Church Street, Ph 07-315 7960. Open 7 days – 6am to 9pm.



OPOTIKI DISTRICT LIBRARY. Church St. Open 6 days. Ph 07-315 6170. Fax 07-315 7261.


OPOTIKI PHARMACY. See advert pg 17. BLUE MOON FOUR SQUARE & LOTTO. See advert pg 12. Te Kaha Holiday Park & Store. See ad page 41.


Central Service Centre & MARINE. 21 King Street. Ph 07-3156719. See advert page 23. - PARTS AND SERVICES FOR All Mechanical Repairs - Specialising in Diesel WOF • Radiators • Batteries Field Servicing - Forestry & Commercial ENZED SERVICE CENTRE

44 Wellington Street • Opotiki • Phone: 07-315 6526 • Fax: 07-315 7548 • Mobile: 027 481 3968 • A/Hrs 07-315 7228 • Email:


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Eastern Bay Real Estate Ltd • 82 Bridge Street, Opotiki T 07 3155245 F 07 3155275 E

Talk to Harcourts Now

Wendy Moore AREINZ Principal/Sales Consultant – 0274 809 100, a/h 07 315 8034 Barry Hennessy, Sales Consultant – 027 4158 629, a/h 07 315 8629 David Moore, Rural Consultant – 027 244 2628, a/h 07 315 8034 Graham Penberthy, Sales Consultant – 027 222 9991, a/h 07 315 5227 View our properties anytime on or


CENTRAL SERVICE CENTRE & MARINE. 21 King St. Ph 07-315 6719. See advert pg 20. ERICKSEN CHAINSAW & MOWERS. 76 Bridge St. Ph 07-315 6746. A/h 07-315 6905. OPOTIKI MOWERS & CHAINSAWS. Motorcycles & Quads. Sales & Service. 38 Church St. Ph 07-315 6522.


OPOTIKI MUSEUM. 123 Church St. Ph 07-315 5193. See advert pg 11.



EASTERN BAY PODIATRY OPOTIKI. 75a Church St. Opotiki . 07-307 2271. For all your foot and ankle needs.


POST SHOP OPOTIKI at Paper Plus. See pg 15.


DarRington Slater Architects Ltd. Ph 07-308 9962 or 06-867 6743. See pg 26.


HARCOURTS. Ph 07-315 5245. See advert above.





PERIA HOUSE VILLAGE & RESTHOME. Ph 07-315 6444. See advert pg 22.

OPOTIKI NEWS (1996) Ltd. Ph 07-315 6106. Fax 07-315 6494. VISIQUE OPOTIKI. Health Centre. King St. Ph 07-315 7134. Email Fraser Reece Osteopath. BSc(Hons) (UK) ACC Treatment Provider, 35 Bridge St, Opotiki. Ph 07-315 5501 - Ohope Ph 07 312 5340.


WAKELIN MOTORS PARTS & SERVICE. 33 King St. Ph 07-315 6293. See pg advert 14.


KERRY NOTT PHARMACY. Ph 07-315 6240. 116 Church St. See advert below OPOTIKI PHARMACY. Church St. Lotto. Ph 07-315 6251. See advert page 17.


OPOTIKI DRAINLAYERS LTD. 89 St John St. Ph 07-315 6321. Newly upgraded bathroom showroom. All plumbing supplies & services.


OPOTIKI COLLEGE. St Johns St. Ph 07-315 7022. Forms 3-7 See advert pg 23. ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL. Grey St. Ph 07-315 6066. Principal Raewyn Clark. WOODLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL. 168 Dip Rd, Ph 07-315 7633 Principal: Angela Main.


OCEAN SEAFOODS. See advert pg 12.


CALTEX OPOTIKI. Cnr St John & King St. 24 hour 7 days. Petrol & Food. Ph 07-315 6298.





116 Church Street, Opotiki Tel 315 6240 • Fax 315 6620 • AH 315 5874

• L’Oreal Cosmetics • French Perfumes • Photographic Specialists • Body Shop Products • Great Gift Range • Exclusive Jewellery


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Pop into Westpac Opotiki to meet the local team or phone us on 07 315 1100 Westpac New Zealand Limited


JN8874 Opotoki Advert 13cm x 2.5cm.indd 1 HICKEYS Opotiki. Ph 07-315 6238. Extensive range of sports gear, fishing tackle & bait, diving, boating, hunting, biking, clothing, footwear, camping & outdoor gear. See advert pg 1.

Opotiki Bait & Tackle. Bait Specialists. Hunting, Diving & Camping. 7 days. 126 St John St, Ph 07-315 6448. See map pg 67.


OPOTIKI PAPER PLUS. Church St. Ph 07-315 6263. See advert pg 15.


27/08/12 12:09 PM

Opotiki Valuation & Consultancy Graham Hill Ph 07-315 7563.


Opotiki Vet Centre Ltd. 91 Waioeka Rd, Gisborne State Highway. Ph 07-315 8474. 24 hours. All pet care products. See No. 14 Map Pg 69.


Opotiki Pumps & Irrigation. Water supply services. Ph 07-3155533 or 027 2395212.


OPOTIKI TOWING AND RENT-A-SHEDS. Ph 021/0274 945 419. See advert pg 65.


TOYWORLD OPOTIKI. 105 Church St. Ph/Fax 07-315 5584. Mail Order Service & Lay-bys welcome.


World Travellers: 115 Church St. Ph 07 315 8893 or 027 358 1906. E.


EASTERN BAY MOTORS. See advert pg 22. OPOTIKI MECHANICAL SERVICES. 44 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 6526. See ad pg 15. OPOTIKI TYRE SERVICE. Bridge St. Ph 07-315 6603. See advert this page. THE TYRE TEAM @ WAKELIN MOTORS. 33 King St. Ph 07-315 6293 see advert pg 14. TYREMAN OPOTIKI. Ph 07-315 5532. At the Old Dairy Factory. Wheel Alignments. Dive Tank Fills. See No. 14 Map Pg 69.

Opotiki Tyre Service 100% Locally owned and operated: Bridgestone passenger tyres Dunlop motorbike tyres Agricultural and truck tyres Wheel alignments Full vehicle servicing Auto electrical and mechanical work Rim Repairs (Alloy & Steel) Suspension Specialist Bring in this Guide for

10% Discount

on your tyre purchase!

Steven Nelson - Owner Operator: Bridge Street, Opotiki, 3122. PO Box 428, Opotiki, 3162. Tyre Shop Phone: (07) 315 6603 Fax: (07) 315 5040 Workshop Phone: (07) 315 4046 Email:

110 Church Street, Opotiki. Telephone 07-315 6251. Facsimile 07-315 6250.

Supporting your community • Your one stop health and beauty shop


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What to do while in OpotikI Events Diary (See pages 30-31)


ARTS & CRAFTS Opotiki is becoming well

known as a base for artists and craftspeople who are inspired in their creative talents by the beauty of the surrounding countryside. The Fibre and Fleece fashion & craft event has many local entries. A pleasant tour can be enjoyed by referring to the Creative Trail guide to studios, galleries and cultural tours in the Opotiki, Whakatane & Kawerau Districts. Copies of this brochure are available at local i-Site Visitor Centres. The Opotiki Youth Mural Project is called Y.A.P.P. Youth Art in Public Places and is overseen by the Opotiki Childrens Art House at 26 Buchanan Street. This is a Blue Light and Ministry of Social Development project. A map of the murals is available in the book which is at the Museum. Opotiki Art Society: See No. 11 Map Pg 67 The Heritage Art Centre in King Street, was originally the Salvation Army Barracks built in 1898. It has undergone an extensive restoration and is now used as a gallery and venue for other arts events Members of the Opotiki Art Society meet weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to paint. Visitors and new members are welcome. The Centre is available for hire. Contact Judith Lane 07-315 7566 or Kerrin Tilley 07-315 7243.


Masks - a new category for Fibre & Fleece 2012 - Opotiki Photolab

Hukutaia DOMAIN ... NATIVE BUSH WONDERLAND - Native Bush Wonderland – End

of Woodlands Road. See No. 12 Map Pg 69. Magnificent forest settings ... splendid specimen plantings of shrubs, trees, ferns and grasses, many often rare ... breathtaking walks ... a parkland packed with interest and excitement. Well signposted... keep left after crossing the Waioeka Bridge coming from Opotiki. This reserve of native plants only is one of the finest in New Zealand and includes many beautiful walks throughout its five hectares. The Domain contains a good selection of this country’s 2000 plus natives, with some 80 species being natural to the area and several hundred other plants being introductions from elsewhere including some outlying islands. The majority of the different species are labelled with pegs stating the Botanical name, the place of origin and the common or Maori name if it is known. Introduced plants appear mostly in clearings, on track margins and within rock gardens, and many are rare or endangered species that many will appreciate. The warm climate here hinders a big collection of alpine flora, however there is some representation. The Domain has been in existence since the 1930’s with its growth of plant variety and general improvements attributable to Mr Norman Potts, a local lawyer and amateur botanist, who died in 1970. His interest, enthusiasm and knowledge, together with his plant collecting throughout New Zealand and subsequent plantings here has made Hukutaia a reserve of note in this country and abroad. Three plants were named after Mr Potts and two of these grow in the rockgarden near the entrance gate. Within the Domain is the Historic tree named “Taketakerau.” Burial customs of the ancient Maori were complex, and so in forested areas hollow trees were sometimes used as a protection from enemy desecration. Some time after internment in the ground, the bones of important people were exhumed, scraped and coated with a preservative paint before being placed in caves or hollow trees to the accompaniment of elaborate ritual. This particular tree was used by a sub tribe of the local Whakatohea, namely the Upokorehe, whose terrain stretched from Kutarere to the Waioeka River. The bones once there have since been reburied and the “Tapu” lifted. The tree has a girth of about 22 metres, a height exceeding 23 metres and is estimated as over 2000 years old. Remember to take your camera when visiting “Hukutaia”. It’s a great place for a picnic! With adequate parking, seating and toilets.


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Museum Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Other times by arrangement. For further information contact Opotiki i-SITE, 70 Bridge Street P: 07 315 3031 E: W:

Historic HEART - North end of Church Street Opotiki Museum

See No. 7 Map Pg 67. The Opotiki Heritage & Agricultural Society, has established a Museum opposite Hiona St Stephen's Church that is well worth inspection. All items have been collected locally and give a wonderful insight into the hardships of yesteryear. Further north on Church Street is the Shalfoon and Francis Grocery Store Museum. This store, which was established in 1874 and closed recently has been preserved as a Museum and is also part of the Museum complex. See advert above.

Opotiki Deluxe Theatre

See No. 7 Map Pg 67. The Opotiki Theatre Trust operates the Opotiki Deluxe Theatre which provides movies in the Mini Cinema and has one of the few remaining theatres seating 500 people, providing a facility for concerts, shows and community events Contact Malcolm 07-315 4877 Film Club Contact 07-315 4646 Opotiki Drama Club Contact 07-315 5193 A/h 07-315 4679

HIONA ST STEPHEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH See No. 8 Map Pg 67. North end of Church Street. The Church of Hiona was completed by the Reverend Carl Volkner, of the Church Missionary Society, who first came to Opotiki in 1859. It remains one of the few living links with the missionary period of the Diocese, a reminder of the tumultuous times before Europeans settled in Opotiki, and the devastating calamities that can occur when different races and cultures meet. However one assesses the killing of Carl Sylvus Volkner, the church he caused to be built will always be a memorial to one who sought no advancement at the expense of the Maori people, who wanted no land for himself, but who, without doubt, would always have been willing to accept the plot of earth that came to be his beneath the Sanctuary of Hiona St Stephen Church in Opotiki. An interesting addition to the ornaments of the Sanctuary is the Bishop’s Chair and Prayer Desk, which was given to the church in 1960. They are made out of 12 native timbers. These, except for a piece of kauri, came from the property from which the wood for the Church was obtained in the 1860s.


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CENTRAL SERVICE CENTRE AND MARINE “we sell the best & repair the rest” Bet & Glenn Collins - Phone: 07-315 6719 Fax: 07-315 6716 EMAIL: 21 King Street, OPOTIKI Suppliers of Rover, Lawn Master & Stihl garden power equipment

Fishing (See tide chart page 66)


The waters of Opotiki and the East Cape provide anglers with an excellent opportunity to pursue a wide variety of fishing endeavour. Opotiki has two fishing clubs. The Opotiki Surf Fishing Club for land based fisher people and the Opotiki Sport Fishing Club for the boaties. Surfcasters can enjoy easy fishing from the many sandy beaches near Opotiki while the gravel beaches of Torere and Hawai fish consistently well throughout the year. Snapper up to 14 kg have been caught recently. Rockhoppers and landbased fishers searching for those bigger kingfish and snapper will be rewarded from the abundant rocky outcrops and ledges anywhere from Whitianga around the coast. Omaio, Waikawa and Lottin Point are especially productive. The mouth of the mighty Motu River is also well known for its unsurpassed kahawai fishery. The new venture was established in 2007 whereby Opotiki is building on other ecological initiatives and establishing a Community Reef. This larger reef area is comprised of smaller REAFs (Recreated Enhanced Areas for Fish). For more details on this project and specific REAF GPS locations go to The local rivers also provide good sport fishing with both rainbow and brown trout, the season is from 1 October and a licence is required. During the spring the river mouths are lined with the nets of whitebait fishermen, who enjoy good catches of New Zealand’s favourite delicacy. For boaties, all types of fishing is available whether fishing on the sand or the mud, rocky or reef areas, fish of all kinds can be encountered. During the warm summer months rich currents from the north bring in an influx of pelagic fish species including yellowfin and big eye tuna, albacore and skipjack, sharks and marlin, the shortbilled spearfish and even the wonderful mahimahi.  The Te Kaha Sport Fishing Club Inc & the Waihau Bay Fishing Club cater for family oriented fishing from sprats for the kids to “big game” for the big kids from trailer boats. Little wonder Opotiki and the East Cape is taking over as the present day “anglers el dorado” for its variety and abundance of fish. Fish and Shellfish Regulations: The Ministry of Fisheries have recreational fishing brochures and specific information for fish species, daily bag limits and fish sizes that apply. Further information can be obtained by contacting: Opotiki Office - Ph 07-315 5232, Gisborne Office - Ph 06-869 0870.

Boat Launching

Trailer boats may be launched in the following localities in suitable weather conditions. Information is usually readily available from local residents. OHIWA HARBOUR, Ruatuna Road 20 km from Opotiki. OPOTIKI, Wharf Street, (next to old wharf.) OPAPE, 18 km from Opotiki. OMAIO, 57 km from Opotiki. Te Kaha, 70 km from Opotiki. WAIHAU BAY, 107 km from Opotiki. CAPE RUNAWAY, 120 km from Opotiki. HICKS BAY, 151 km from Opotiki. TE ARAROA, 161 km from Opotiki. TOKOMARU BAY, 93 km from Gisborne. TOLAGA BAY, 55 km from Gisborne. Opotiki and Waihau Bay are concrete ramps. Vitamin Sea & Whale Island –


White Island is constantly erupting, mainly steam, with the odd ash eruption with rocks. The Island is 48 kms out of Opotiki, in the North of the Bay of Plenty. In 1914 ten men were killed when a landslip went in to the main crater and erupted with large mud flows. A sulphur phosphate factory was built in 1899 and operated until the 1914 flows eruption. Another factory was built in 1928. In 1930 when the island became very active and just after the factory was closed down a new crater came up with an eruption. White Island is now a sanctuary for gannet colonies. For tours by boat contact White Island Tours (see page 1). Plane and helicopter tours are available from Whakatane, contact the Information Centre.

GOLF - Opotiki Golf Club

Opotiki Golf Club - Map Pg 69. See advert pg 6. This attractive and testing par 70 course is situated at the western end of the Waioeka Bridge. Visiting Players are welcome at all times. Green Fees $20 affiliated, $25 non-affiliated – Carts available.

22 Church Street, Opotiki Tel. 07-315 6469 • Fax. 07-315 5222 email:

Horse Riding/Treks

The region provides both beach and bush areas ideal for riding or trekking. Call Viv at Ready Rock Horse Treks on 07-315 4942 (see advert page 4).


T he region is renow ned for some of the best hunting in New Zealand. The Urutawa Conser vation Area, Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve and Raukumara Conservation Area all provide plenty of opportunity for catching wild pigs and deer, with the Roar in March and April being the best time for deer stalkers, there is good access available to conservation area from Bushaven (see advert pg 11) at the end of Te Waiti Road. Please hunt safely, for information, regulations and permits visit the Department of Conservation at the Opotiki Area Office.


T h e Mo t u a n d Wa io e k a r ive r s p r ov id e oppor t u nities for jet boaters to enjoy an exhilarating ride and view spectacular scenery. See Motu River Jet Boat Tours advert page 40.


The lower reaches of the river in the Waioeka Gorge is grade 1 and 2 and is ideal for first time kayakers. The river is usually crystal clear and trout can often be seen in the deep pools along the way. Native bush lines the river with extensive bird life. Ohiwa Harbour and the beautiful local coastline provide some wonderful opportunities for sea-kayaking.


For more information on Tracks, Walkways & Cycleways grab a pamphlet from the Opotiki Information Centre…. “A Guide to Walking & Cycling in the Opotiki District.” Opotiki and the East Cape have some great mountain biking trails including the Old Motu Road and the Pakihi Track which are now incorporated into the newly formed Motu Trails Cycleway (see pages 32 – 34). Always check with the Department of Conservation or private landowners for permissions and trail conditions

Accredited Installers of Toshiba Heat Pumps

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General Contracting – Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Lighting – Telephone Cabling – Control Systems Caravan Inspections & Warrant of Fitness

scheduled for the season as well as a good winter program. Roll ups Tues & Thurs, afternoons. Visitors welcome. Ph 07-315 6755.


Upton Park: See No. 33 Map Pg 67. Is situated in Sedgewick Road in the Woodlands area. The playground caters for all ages and was developed by the Lion’s Club of Opotiki, with the assistance of other Service clubs and organisations which donated equipment. Rose Gardens and Children's Playground: See No. 21 Map Pg 67. At the corner of Church and Ford Streets is a rose garden and children’s adventure playground, a joint venture by the Community Garden Circle, Jaycees and Lions; it is a continuing project.


There are thousands of picnic spots in the valleys away from the coasts or by the rivers on the flat, by the harbours or on the beach. Each day you can find somewhere new to go without being crowded out. There are many good swimming holes and also shallow water suitable for children along our riverbanks.


Opotiki is now a well patronised rafting centre. With the use of inflatable rafts the adventurous can participate in an exciting descent through luxuriant forest, towering gorges and cascading white water. The trip through the Motu’s lower gorge to the coast takes three days and is suited to a party (plus river guide). White water rafting on the Motu River is renowned as one of the ultimate adventure challenges. Family groups might find the Waioeka River more appealing for three hours of non-stop fun. The stretch from Wairata to Oponae, which holds some exhilarating rapids, has its climax at Devil’s Canyon.


See No. 16 Map Pg 67. An amalgamated men’s and ladies club is at the eastern end of King Street. The Club has an all weather green and a grass green. Both Local and Open Tournaments has been


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ELLIOTT STREET, OPOTIKI • PHONE 07 315-6142 • Scenic Drives

Pacific Coast Highway around East Cape 490km Journey from Opotiki around the East Cape to Gisborne & back to Opotiki has some of the most breathtaking scenery in New Zealand. (see pages 37 to 53). Hukuwai Beach 3 km from Opotiki on the East Coast Road. This is a popular and safe swimming beach. See page 38. Motu Road Allow the best part of a day for this 140-odd km round trip. The drive down the original coach road through Motu and Toa Toa (the valley of the clouds), is an unforgettable experience. The rewards are many with wonderful views and the sense of passing back in time and travelling over what was at one time a major New Zealand highway. The “Old Motu Coach Road” takes you 64km from Motu to the sea. It is still the same as it was over 40 years ago. This trip down can make an interesting days outing from Opotiki … by travelling from Opotiki through the Waioeka Gorge (see pages 35 & 36) to Matawai, thence left to Motuhora and Motu. A little detour here to the Motu Falls is well worth while and provides an ideal picnic spot. Then drive on to Toa Toa and back to Opotiki. Please drive carefully as it is a road that demands respect. This trip can also be done in reverse by heading down the Pacific Coast Highway (see page 38) & turning inland just over the Waiaua Bridge (11.4kms from Opotiki). Ohiwa Beach (Bryan’s Beach) 15 km west of Opotiki. On the western approach to the Waiotahi Bridge a road runs towards the sea. See page 5. Ohiwa Harbour Drive 16 km west of Opotiki. A seaside and harbourside resort where many have chosen to live or retire. See page 4.

Otara Loop Road A well worth trip of 24kms which can be extended in length and time by your inquiring nat ure. Leave tow n in the direction of Gisborne and fork left just past the cemetery onto Otara Road. This road travels straight for about 6kms through some of Opotiki’s richest farmland. Once by the Otara River, the first turning right is the Tutaetoko river valley road. A further kilometre along is the bridge over the Otara River that takes you back to Opotiki and completes the loop. By leaving the bridge on your left, you head up into the hills of the Urutawa Conservation Area, on reaching the next bridge you have two choices. Straight ahead takes you up the Te Waiti Valley (See Boulders Campsite & Bushaven below). By crossing the Pakihi Bridge you can follow the Pakihi valley and enjoy the peace and tranquillity the local residents find so rewarding. Boulders Campsite – A peaceful riverside campsite 2km up Te Waiti Valley Rd. There is a low ford to cross just after the turnoff and the road is narrow but cars can reach the carpark. The track down to the campsite itself is steep concrete. There is a BBQ area and long-drop toilet. Bushaven – A further 2km past the Boulders Campsite, provides camping, and vehicle parking (see advert page 11). Tablelands 3 km from Opotiki. Take the East Coast Road and by turning up either Gows Road or Beach Road you arrive on the Tablelands area with magnificent views over the East Cape and the town area and Otara Valley. See page 37. Waiotahi Beach 6 km west of Opotiki. Extending for several kilometres alongside the main north highway, this is probably Opotiki’s most popular beach. See page 5.

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Located in Potts Ave., the Opotiki Sk8 Park is filled with obstacles for beginners & professionals, a small and huge bowl, handrails, banks, ledges, funboxes and quarter pipes. Lights till 9pm winter and 10pm summer.


See No. 6 Map Pg 68. At Waiotahi Beach the Opotiki Surf Lifesaving Club has voluntary weekend patrols from the end of November until the end of February and paid lifeguards are on duty everyday from 26th December to 30th January. Contact 07-315 4838.


Opotiki and the East Cape have some great surfing locations. Waiotahi & Tirohanga beaches near Opotiki, offer good beach breaks for beginners, and a northerly swell provides excellent waves at Hawai, Motu River mouth & Hicks Bay. The Eastern coast has many good beach & reef breaks while Gisborne is known as the surfing capital of New Zealand.


See No. 28 Map Pg 67. During the summer the Opotiki College and Community Pool is open to the public from 4.00-5.00pm Tuesday-Friday, 11.00am - 5.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Closed Mondays. Cost $1.00 per swimmer, supervisory adult no charge. Length Swimmers 6am-8am and 7.30-9.00pm daily. Registration at C.A.O. 07-315 7025. Swimming Club: Monday-Friday 5.15-7.30pm. Pool may close for maintenance or special functions. Contact 315 7025 for further details.


For more information on Tracks, Walkways & Cycleways grab a pamphlet from the Opotiki Information Centre…. “A Guide to Walking & Cycling in the Opotiki District.” Beach Walks – The Opotiki District has some 160kms of Pacific Ocean coastline so if you like

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Hire: Party, Vehicle, Handyman, Portaloos Husqvarna • Honda • Briggs & Stratton • Saeco Water Pumps • Marshall Batteries • Aegis Oils Radiator, Exhaust, Air Conditioning Repairs 86 Bridge Street, Opotiki. Ph/Fax 07-315 6515 Email: Sand, surf, shellfish, seabirds, kite flying or a little beachcombing and wonderful coastal scenery, there are plenty of beaches to stroll along… Ohiwa (Bryan’s) Beach offers a nice stroll between the Ohiwa Harbour entrance & the Waiotahi River mouth. Waiotahi Beach you can start and finish anywhere between the Waiotahi River mouth and the Surf Club and also stroll down to the Waioeka River mouth. Hukuwai Beach / Tirohanga Beach to Waiaua River Mouth access to the beaches can be gained from the north end of St John St via the Dunes Cycletrail or SHW 35 at Hukuwai Beach and Tirohanga Beach (just before the Motor Camp). Cheddar Valley Harbour & River Walk: This 2km (4km rtn)track starts/finishes at the Lookout at Burke Road, Wainui Road corner, or further up the Nukuhou River at the S bends. The track first follows the Saltmarsh: A great expanse of rushes juncus and oioi, fringed with ribbonwood.It is common to hear and see fernbirds here, and you may be lucky and see the shy banded rail fossicking for crabs and worms on the mud banks. The rare bittern also makes its home here.As the track joins the river margin, much of it is board-walked.It takes the walker through whitebait (inanga) spawning areas. Interpretive signs tell the life cycle of the inanga, and there are further displays featuring the river bird life, and common predators. Traps and bait stations are used to control these pests. To increase the size of suitable habitat for inanga spawning, an area has been contoured and planted with native sedges. The track also provides access to a popular whitebaiting fishery in season. The track is suitable for all ages, but because of proximity to the road, water, and predator traps, young children should be supervised. Note: parts of the track will become flooded for about two hours during very high spring tides. Hukutaia Domain Native Bush Walk… see page 18. Marawaiwai Scenic Reserve is a remnant of semi-coastal broadleaf forest that would once have covered much of the Opotiki area. There is a small raupo wetland and there are still many common

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bush birds in the reserve. To reach it, follow SH2 to Gisborne from Opotiki for about 5 km. Turn left into Warrington’s Road for 0.5 km and turn right into Harrisons Road. A 2 km drive brings you to the entrance of Marawaiwai Scenic Reserve. There is a large grass paddock between the car park and the track start, suitable for picnics. The track runs alongside a meandering stream and takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It is very easy and suitable for all ages. All the stream crossings are bridged. This track was constructed by Opotiki College students. Ohiwa Domain Nature Trail and Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park Ohiwa: The 20 Ha native forest Domain is dominated by giant old pohutukawa and puriri trees and adjoins the Regional Park with its magnificent harbour and sea views from Onekawa Pa. After several years of pest control the forest in the Domain is now thriving and native birds are abundant including Tui, Fantails, Kereru (New Zealand pigeon) Silver eyes and Grey warblers. A highlight is the walk from the Domain car park on Ohiwa Harbour road to the waterfall where a glow worm display can be seen after dark. The Regional Park can be accessed from the Domain tracks or from the entrance at Bryans Beach where a walking track leads to the summit of Onekawa Pa. From the pa site a track descends to the Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park. There are walks along the beach and to Ohiwa spit where many shorebirds may be seen. Opotiki Stopbank Walkway. The Waioeka and Otara River stopbanks provide a pleasant stroll around the western, northern & eastern fringes of Opotiki township. River and estuary views and wetland birdlife are attractive features. Access is from the town side of the river bridges on SH2 & SH35 or you can just about start or finish anywhere along the way. See Township Map page 67.


Tauranga Bridge – Barbara Collett

The Pakihi Track is in the Urutawa Conservation Area. It runs between the Old Motu Road and the Pakihi Road near Opotiki. The Pakihi Hut is approximately half way along the track, two and a half to three hours from either end. From the Opotiki end the walk is along a benched track running just above the river. There is one river crossing 15 minutes below the hut. This crossing should not be attempted if the river is in flood. The track continues on to the Old Motu Road on a well formed, graded track. You will need to arrange transport at either of the two track ends. Allow a whole day to walk this track, or stay overnight at the hut. The Tauranga Bridge Loop Track is approximately 25km up the Waioeka Gorge road heading to Gisborne (see pages 35 & 36). The Waioeka Journey – Te Awa a Tamatea). There is a sign on the right indicating a parking area that gives access to the historic Tauranga Bridge and the track. This area was cleared for farming by returning servicemen after the First World War. The bridge was built to give vehicle access across the Waioeka River. Eventually the steep country and the depression defeated the farmers and today nature is reclaiming the land. After crossing the bridge, the track follows the Tauranga Stream up one side before returning down the other. Old totara fence posts and levelled sites are the some of the signs of earlier occupation. You will need to cross the Tauranga stream twice as you walk so be prepared for wet feet. This walk will take 2 hours and is well worth the effort, but do not attempt when the river is in flood. Tautarangi Walkway (Opape Coastal Walkway) The first coastal walking track in the Opotiki district has been established at Opape. The entrance to the track is at Opape Beach and the return trip takes approximately one hour. The track ends at a carved fence overlooking Awaawakino or Morices Bay (to which there is no access). The track follows the Old Stage Coach Road through native bush and enables walkers to experience the wide variety of native flora and fauna. It boasts some wonderful views of the sea and the rocky coastline. Ancient pa sites and the landing places of the canoes that brought the first inhabitants to the area, add the historical dimension that makes this track a special experience not to be missed. The track is a joint venture initiative involving Ngai Tama hapu, Opotiki District Council, DOC and Environment Bay of Plenty. Te Waiti Nature trail (1hr) A loop track leaving the Te Waiti road about 1.5km from the Otara road turn off. An ideal walk from the Boulders Camp site. Te Waiti Track - this pleasant trail passes through lowland forest and dense groves of Nikau palms, as it follows the Te Waiti stream before crossing the river and ending at the recently restored Te Waiti Hut. At the Pakihi

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Bridge travel straight ahead to find the Te Waiti Nature Trail, (1.5kms) then the Boulders Campground and Picnic Site (2kms) and a further 2kms to Bushaven (see advert pg 11). There is parking available here. Allow 2 hours to walk to the Te Waiti Hut.


The Raukumara Conservation Area covers 115,000 hectares of semi coastal to alpine forest. Part of the Raukumara Range, the terrain is generally rugged. It is one of the few large tracts of native forest left in the North Island and is designated a ‘wilderness area’ with significant ecological and historical conservation value. Recreational opportunities include rafting (Motu River), tramping (Maunga Hikurangi), hunting, fishing (licence required), mountain bi k i ng (O t ipi Roa d), n at u re st udy a nd photography. Permits are also required for hunting and these can be obtained from the Department of Conservation. Recreational facilities include Oronui, Mangakirikiri, and Mangatutara huts. The Urutawa Conservation Area is located 14 km south of Opotiki and covers 22,000 hectares. The area has a wide variety of forest types and many native bird species. The historic Old Motu Road and Pakihi stock route run through the area. There is a wide variety of tracks and huts in the area, ranging from easy walks to the Pakihi and Te Waiti Huts to more demanding walks to more distant areas. A mountain bike track down the Pakihi stock route has recently been upgraded & incorporated into the Motu Trails Cycleway (see pgs 32 - 34) and there are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, tramping, picnicking, canoeing and swimming. There is a campground at “The Boulders” in the Te Waiti Valley, also 2kms further on is Bushaven (see advert pg 11) providing good camping and parking. T he Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reser ve compr ises 180 0 he ct a re s of fore st a nd regenerating farmland. The Opotiki – Gisborne highway (SH2) runs through the reserve for

50 kilometres, affording ready access to a wide range of recreational opportunities and giving spectacular bush and river views. (see pages 35 & 36 for "The Waioeka Journey – Te Awa a Tamatea”.) The Gorge has excellent opportunities for canoeing, rafting, fishing, hunting, tramping, picnics and swimming. There is a camp ground at the Manganuku Stream. There is still much evidence of the pioneer farming that was carried out in this area including the historic Tauranga and Manganuku Bridges. There are tracks and on-site interpretation to these features. Just west of the Waioeka Gorge lies the 40,000 hectares of the Waioeka Conservation Area. The forest lies in the headwaters of the Waioeka River, and is an area of outstanding natural value. It has large areas of untouched forest, and still holds many kinds of native birds. The area has a network of huts and tracks that provide excellent hunting, tramping and fishing opportunities for the more experienced individual. Many of the areas in the park are seldom visited and provide a wilderness experience. Lying 45 minutes drive to the West of Opotiki is the sprawling Te Urewera National Park. This is the largest remaining tract of native forest in the North Island. It provides an outstanding habitat for many endangered bird species including kokako, kiwi and blue duck. The vegetation ranges from lowland forests to alpine herb fields. The area also has a rich history, both Tuhoe and later on, European. From Opotiki, access to the northern end of Te Urewera is through the Waimana Valley. There are a variety of walks, ranging from 30 minute strolls and easy day walks; to tramps in some of the most remote country in the North Island. There is good hunting and fishing in most areas. The Department of Conservation administers all the above areas. Enquiries should be directed to the Opotiki Area Office, phone 07-315 1001: or the Visitor Information Centre, both at 70 Bridge Street. Ph 07-315 3031

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The mild climate, coupled with plenty of sunshine, helps in the production of good crops of maize, and drying plants and silos have been erected. Dairying, deer, sheep and dry-stock farming are all important aspects of the area’s development.


There is huge potential for Aquaculture in the Opotiki coastal region. Whakatohea have always had a relationship with the sea and is now investing in a 3,800 hectare piece of waterspace approximately 8kms off the east coast of Opotiki. Eastern Sea Farms Ltd, is a joint venture partnership between the Board which has a 54% shareholding, Sealords, 26% and New Zealand Sea Farms 20%. This joint venture is currently researching mussels and is consented for a range of other shellfish such as flat and pacific oysters, goeduck and scallops. This aquaculture venture is also happening in conjunction with Opotiki District Councils’ new harbour development project. Both these projects are tied to Opotiki’s future economic development and have had fantastic support both at a local and regional level. T he Boa rd is also i nve st igat i ng se a cucumbers, an Asian delicacy and is in the process of developing a hatchery in Grassmere, Blenheim in cooperation with Oriental Oceans Ltd (OOL) and Wakatu Incorporation. For the past 4 years, the Opotiki District Council and the Board have had a long term relationship with OOL and see this relationship strengthening as these projects develop.


Withi n the O poti k i region there are approximately 16,000 hectares planted in exotic production forest. Harvesting is now in full swing a fact borne out by the numbers of logging trucks heading for the ports.


Hor ticulture is well established as major industry in the district. The major crop grown is kiwifruit with around six million trays grown each year. Other crops grown include avocados, passionfruit, tamarillos, citrus, feijoas, nuts, and pip and stone fruit. The soils and growing climate are ideal for a wide range of crops. The fruitgrowing industry is serviced by three packhouse coolstore complexes which together employ over 1000 people during the main harvest and packing season.

A collage of the Youth Murals at the Opotiki Wharf – Opotiki Photo Lab.

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Te Rangi Cove in the east.


A Brief History

or a long time a lot of people thought that the history of New Zealand started in 1769 with Captain Cook. Fortunately, Maori tradition is now more widely known and the archaeologists and historians are exposing the real depth of our origins. In historical association, the beaches, hills, rivers and flats of the Opotiki District are unsurpassed in this land.


At first there was Kupe who reported a land uninhabited when he encircled it at about the time of Alfred the Great. Then there was the settlement period time of Toi, usually dated at about 1150. Two hundred years later, when the Black Prince was fighting at Poitiers, the so-called f leet mig ration f rom Hawaiik i occurred, and this is often taken as the starting point when generalising about Maori history. In these times, Tainui canoe sailed along the coast and 24 km from Opotiki, Torere, daughter of Hoturoa the captain, left the vessel and her name. The Nukutere canoe touched at Opape before going on to a final resting-place around the East Coast. Tauturangi stayed here and became a progenitor of Whakatohea, the people of this district. The Mataatua Canoe reached Whakatane. Repanga, nephew of Toroa the captain, saw the cooking fires to the east, came in this direction and added his name to the ancestors of Whakatohea. As an old man he was killed near Onekawa Pa, the remains of which are still to be seen above Ohiwa Holiday Park. As far as we know at present, the earliest inhabitants here were the Tini-o-Toi and Tini-oAwa tribes who sprang from the Toi settlement period of the 12th century. Recent discoveries in Hawke's Bay have shown that man lived in Aotearoa long before this, so it could well be that the Eastern Bay of Plenty also was occupied at a much earlier period.

Ohiwa from Onekawa Pa in the west.

Ti roha nga , Ma ke o (t he h ig h con ical hill south of Waiaua bridge), Paerata and Tawhitirahi are all Pa sites of great antiquity as well as a host of others. Locally written material is available for those interested in detail of such manner. The name “Opotiki” originated from the name of a spring of the eastern bluff above Waiotahi Beach called “O-Potiki mai-Tawhiti.” This name goes back to the migration from Hawaiiki. It concerns a chief Tarawa who, left behind, decided to join his people whom he knew were in New Zealand. Tarawa, and his brother Tuwharanui, set sail for New Zealand in a canoe named Te Arautauta, accompanied by two Tanahanaha fish pets known as O-Potikimai Tawhiti, and meaning “two pets from afar.” Landing on the Waiotahi Beach, Tarawa found a spring as an abode for his two fish pets. The spring thereafter became known as O-Potikimai-Tawhiti because of the continual reference to the inhabitant fish of the same name. Before the arrival of Europeans, Opotiki was a populous Maori centre, and a large village, Pa Kowhai, extended along the river banks from King Street (west) to the present A. & P. Showgrounds. This was the home of the Whakatohea tribes, whose lands extended from Kutarere in the west, to Opape in the east, and for many miles inland. From Tirohanga to the Waiaua River, the beach and sandhill area was frequently a battleground. In one encounter here in the 1820’s named Peangatoetoe, the sea ran red with blood when Ngati Maru invaders from Hauraki, armed with firearms, inf licted heavy losses on the local Whakatohea.


Captain Cook sailed along this coast on 1st/2nd November, 1769, naming Cape Runaway, White Island and Mount Edgecumbe as he


O p oti ki Peketutu, below Motu Falls. did so. He commented in his journal on the dense population of the coastal area. One can visualise it today. The chain of earthworks along the entire escar pment from Ohiwa Harbour in the west to Opape in the east gives evidence of occupation by large numbers. The earliest white arrivals told of the large fishing camps at Paerata; a net 1.5 km in length was used by Maoris at Tirohanga and would supply the requirements of a tribe for a year at one haul. Missionar ies f rom Tau ranga made an abortive attempt to reach Opotiki in 1828. T hey were dissuaded when, on landing at Ohiwa, they walked into the carnage of a just-concluded battle between Ngatiawa of Whakatane and Whakatotea. Rev. John A. Wilson of the Church Missionary Society arrived at the end of December, 1839, and is recorded as the first white man in Opotiki, then called Pakowhai. His mission was established on the hill above the present golf clubhouse, the Roman Catholics followed two months later in March, 1840. In May of the same year, seven Opotiki chiefs became signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi, a copy having been brought here for that purpose by the Governor’s agent, James W. Fedarb. Crosses appear against the names of the chiefs; namely Tauatoro, Rangimatanuku and Rangihaerepo. In a notation at the foot of the Treaty, Fedarb states: “The Chiefs of Opotiki expressed a wish to have it signified who were Pikipos (i.e. Roman Catholics) and who were not, which I did by placing a crucifix preceding the names of those who were, at which they seemed perfectly satisfied.” Ap or ot a ng a , o ne of t he ch ief s , wa s subsequently killed at Matata in 1864 by Te Arawa. From 1840 to the 1860’s missionary activity was pursued on a somewhat precarious basis. Although there is little known of their activities, the traders and whalers were becoming active on the coast during this era also. Te Kaha and Waihau Bay in particular, eventually became bases for whaling. But it took the hostilities of the 1860s to initiate Pakeha settlement on a significant scale.


It was almost inevitable that the pressures of Pakeha settlement should be resisted to the stage of open warfare. In Opotiki the flame was ignited

in March 1865, when the missionary Volkner was killed. Despite warnings to stay in Auckland, he insisted on returning to his church of Hiona – still standing in Opotiki’s main street, now known as Hiona St Stephen – when the local Maori became inf luenced and inf lamed by the religious and political doctrine of Hauhauism. Because of his reports on the movement of the Hauhau emissaries, Volkner was regarded as a Government spy and paid the penalty. His death induced the Government to send a punitive expedition to Opotiki in September 1865, and from the time of its landing there was a continuing campaign waged throughout the surrounding country. The campaign increased in intensity when Te Kooti escaped from the Chatham Islands in 1868, and his association with this area continued off and on until his final surrender at Waiotahi in 1889. Major engagements were fought on the sandhills at the entrance to Opotiki harbour; on the western side of the Waioeka Straight where one of the few cavalry charges of the New Zealand wars occurred at the mouth of the Waioeka Gorge; and at Maraetai in the gorge itself. This latter place is now known as Oponae and across the river is the site of Te Kooti’s base which was captured by the Government forces with severe casualties being inflicted on the defenders. A large church, just completed by Te Kooti, was razed, a number of prisoners were shot on the side of the riverbed and Te Kooti made one of his numerous escapes to fight again. The decline of Whakatohea as a tribe of influence could be said to have started when they were decimated by the Ngapuhi and Ngati-Maru muskets in the 1820s. The confiscation of their land 40 years later was a bitter blow. While all this military activity was going on, a township was beginning to grow adjacent to the wharf, then near the present monument. A military garrison inevitably led to the establishmnt of commercial activity and thus Opotiki had its business origins. Following the end of hostilities, the original inhabitants had their coastal lands confiscated as punishment for their support for the rebellion. However, after years of negotiation and a successful petition and compensation for the confiscation of their lands the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board was established. The Whakatohea Maori Trust Board administration offices and board

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Whakatohea Maori Trust Board

Head Office and Education & Training Unit: 122 St John St PO Box 207, Opotiki – Tel 07 315 6150 Iwi Social Services: 128 Church St | PO Box 208, Opotiki – Tel 07 315 6042 Medical Health Centre: 117 Church St, Opotiki – Tel 07 315 6126 Te Aria Toka Preschool: 20-26 Buchanan St, Opotiki – Tel 07 315 5967 Website: Vision - Ko te kai hoki i Waiaua – To be the food bowl that feeds the world. Purpose – Ki te whakarangatira i nga uri o Whakatohea – To lift our nation, to grow and invest in the wellbeing of our people. Core Values • Rangatiratanga • Whanaungatanga • Matawhanui • Manaaki ki te tangata; He aha te mea nui o te ao, he tangata • Kaitiakitanga

Strategic Goals • Whakatoheatanga - Kia pumau ki to tatou Whakatoheatanga • Nga Matauranga - Rukuhia te hohonutanga o te matauranga • Whanaungatanga, Kotahitanga, Mahi Tahi - Ma te whanaungatanga ka tutuki ngä wawata • Ma te ringa raupa ka ora te iwi • Ma te iwi me te wharenui ka ru te whenua • Ma te maanaki ki te tangata, ka ora ai te tinana

room are situated on St John St at the junction with Elliott Street. Today the Whakatohea Maori Trust Board (the Board) has a new vision, “Ko te kai hoki i Waiaua” “To be the food bowl that feeds the world”. This vision focuses on feeding the mind, body and soul of Whakatohea and it’s Cultural, Health, Education, Economic, Social and Environmental wellbeings. The Board currently manages a $20 million dollar asset base and owns quota and shares in the Fishing Industry, owns 2 Dairy Farms, 2 Kiwifruit Orchards, Forestry, Property and Aquaculture.


W hen f ighti ng ceased O poti k i became a militar y settlement by Gover nment policy. From a strategic point of view it was necessary to establish a military presence in this isolated area, but preferably without the expense of sustaining a standing force. So the soldiers were given discharge and the land at the same time. Most of the settlers were from the 1st Waikato Regiment. They received 50 acres as privates, 60 acres as corporals, and so on. Development took place rapidly. T he Opotiki f lats proved rich and productive and in the 1870s maize, potatoes, wheat and cattle were being shipped to Auckland. The Opotiki Public School was opened in 1873, and in the same year a store was opened at Te Kaha. In the town, a cordial factor y

commenced operations as did a bakehouse and a brewery. Bricks for such buildings were made locally. In 1882 the Armed Constabulary who had arrived in 1868, were transferred. Some of these men too, remained in the district. One of them was the father of Dickson Savage, better known as Dick Travis, V.C., New Zealand’s most highly decorated soldier of World War 1, and an honoured son of Opotiki. Farm development of Paerata and Waiotahi commenced in this decade. In 1889 whiskey was selling here at six shillings a bottle, butter at five pence a pound and eggs at 8 pence a dozen. Since then whiskey has increased exorbitantly in price!! And so the community grew, with the good ea r t h prov id i ng su ste na nce for a swelling population which in 1998 stood at about 9600 in the County which includes the township. Postal services started in 1901, the Hukutaia soldier settlement was opened up in 1919, the district boasted a racecourse wh ich beca me a n ai r f ield. So i n t hese and many other ways progress was seen. Opotiki’s history would fill volumes. Perhaps the foregoing will encourage visitors to look around them with the realisation that stirring events have touched these placid surroundings in years not so far distant, and visit our very interesting Museum in Church Street.


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Opotiki Events Diary FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT OPOTIKI i-SITE ON 07-315 3031 OCTOBER 2012 19th, 20th, 21st October 2012 - Waihau Bay Labour Weekend Competition Fishing Competition: One of the many popular annual Fishing Tournaments run by the Waihau Bay Fishing Club. NOVEMBER 2012 2nd & 3rd November – Rose and Flower Show – St John’s Union Church Hall. Contact John McLeod 07 315 8239 10th November – Waihau Bay Awesome Foursome – Hunting & Fishing Competition/ Fundraiser.This annual family hunting and fishing day includes; longest eel caught, heaviest scaled fish, most accurate cast, pig singeing, gumboot throwing and an opossum skinning race. This event is to raise funds for the proposed new fire appliance for Waihau Bay. After prizegiving the event concludes with a bonfire and fireworks. Jim Kemp Ph 07-325 3609. 10th November – Opotiki Trash and Treasure – Combined Garage Sale/Craft Fair Contact Susan 07-315 8555. DECEMBER 2012 8th December - Christmas Float Parade – Church Street. Contact Ph 07 315 5174. 15th December - Christmas in the Park – Princess Street Reserve. Contact Ph 07 315 5174. 27th December – Te Kura o Maraenui Surf Fishing Contest. An annual Surf Fishing Contest where all proceeds are raised for the following year school trip. Main prize is $1500.00 CASH for heaviest Snapper plus many more prizes and spot prizes up for grabs. Ph 07-325 2688. 27th December to Jan 2nd 2013 - Waihau Bay Tuna Tournament Fishing Competition. Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949.

28th December – Opotiki Rodeo – Contact Denise Young 07-304 8850. Get your seat first because the annual Opotiki Rodeo is a massive hit for the Christmas crowds attracting over 5000 people. The National Rodeo Circuit will feature riders from throughout New Zealand including the well known Church family. JANUARY 2013 Early January – Waiotahi Beach Sculpture Competition – Contact Opotiki i-SITE 07-315 3031. Spend a day on the beautiful Waiotahi beach. Get creative with shells, seaweed and sand. With limited entries make sure your team is registered to avoid disappointment. Great for the family or a group of friends. 25th to 27th January – Waihau Bay Anniversary Weekend Sweepstake Fishing Competition. Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949 FEBRUARY 2013 Lions Club Paddy’s Market – Auction & Market – Chris Ph 07-315 7933 Opotiki A&P Show & Community Fair. Memorial Park, Northern end of St John Street, Opotiki. The 114th Annual Opotiki A&P Show Community Fair is all about old fashioned family fun... with crowds of up to 5500 people you can expect to be part of an exciting day. Opotiki's first show was held in 1891 at what is now the Rose Garden in Church Street. It was the first ever Bay of Plenty show held and has been kept going all these years through the support of dedicated locals, and by continually changing the show attractions with the times. The focus is on low-cost family fun with a range of fun events including fancy hat, Forestry Races, Baby Competition, 4wd or Tractor Pulling, Cow Pat lotto, DoC pack carrying competition, Tug o War. Opotiki i-Site Ph 07-315 3031.

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St John Street. Phone 07 315 6174 Fax 07 315 5203 When in Opotiki call in and enjoy our hospitality. Visitors welcome. Gaming lounge - snooker - pool - darts - TAB - Large TV screen. Meals: Friday and Saturday 6pm – 8.30pm. Thursday lunch 12-2pm. Hours: Mon-Sat 1pm- closing • Sun 2pm-closing

MARCH 2013 16th March - St Joseph’s School Gala – Contact Ph 07-315 6066. 15th to 17th March – ITM 3 Fish Classic Fishing Competition: This is the 7th year this popular competition has been run & is getting bigger & better every year with an average of 145 anglers. Open to both land and boat based angler with no fishing boundaries and only $25 entry fee. Contact Louise 07-315 5984 or Keith 07-315 6448. 22nd & 23rd March – Opotiki Charity Concert – Contact Mike 027-230 6914. Starting from a small 'one off ' to bail out our local St. John, the event is now internationally recognised, attracting an audience from all round New Zealand and last year from 6 other countries. The often uttered remark as people leave after the concerts is; "the best show we have ever seen ". The show has since it's inception made grants totalling over $115.000.00. Much of it to our local St. John for life saving equipment. The Opotiki College Hall is the venue for the 18th Annual Opotiki Charity Concerts, with 3 shows being held. Visit our web site www.opotikicountry. 29th to 31st March – Waihau Bay Easter Fishing Competition. Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949.

Competitors in action during the annual MOTU CHALLENGE

JUNE 2013 Queens Birthday Weekend – Opotiki BIG 3 – Hunting, Shooting, Fishing Competition. Contact Slim Ph 027 554 5544 or 07 315 6880. OCTOBER 2013 Motu Challenge Multisport Event. The Motu Challenge multisport race is held in Opotiki in October. The course has four sections totalling 172km. Stage one a 65km mountain bike race using the old Motu coach road. Stage two is a 17km bush run through the beautiful Whinray scenic reserve at Motu. Stage three is a road cycle of 52km back through Matawai and into the scenic Waioeka Gorge. A kayak section of 27km then a 8km cycle and a 3km run to finish at the Princess Street Reserve. More information can be obtained from the Opotiki Information Centre i-SITE Ph 07-315 3031. Muriwai Tournament – Hapu Rugby & Netball Competition July 2014 Fibre & Fleece Fashion Shows, Work shops , Trade Halls, Craft Market. This bi-annual event is being held for the 15th time in 2012. Fibre and Fleece was created in 1987 and is now a three day festival which includes fashion parades, a multi media exhibition, workshops, trades hall and craft market. An entry in the 2012 Fibre & All entries are Fleece - Opotiki Photo Lab original and made from no less than 90% natural materials, and offer categories for professional and cottage craft participants to compete for exceptional prizes. Run entirely by volunteers, the Festival is supported by people from the Opotiki community, trains local young people as models and attracts entrants and visitors from all over the country. The Festival is held at the De Luxe Theatre and the Opotiki College campus. Information, entry forms and tickets can be obtained by visiting or writing to P O Box 168, Opotiki. Dot Wilson Ph 07-315 4679.

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Dahlia Show – held in conjunction with the Opotiki A&P Show. 7th to 9th February – White Pointer Boats Fishing Competition @ Waihau Bay. Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949 16th to 23rd February – NZ Sport Fishing Council National Fishing Competition. Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949


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Motu Trails Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail emerged as one of the ideas from the Job Summit in February 2009. With 19 trails throughout the country, the Motu Trails boosts some of the most spectacular heartland scenery in New Zealand. W E Here’s a taste of what’s in our backyard… With three trails to choose from (or the option of combining them all) the Motu Trails offer a range of cycling itineraries, depending on your age, fitness level and riding ability. These include an easy thereand-back ride along the coast, a longer point-to-point ride from Matawai to Opotiki and a loop ride from Opotiki that includes a challenging section for mountain bikers. Visit the Motu Trails website for more detailed information including maps, elevation profiles and trail conditions. The Dunes Trail (9.5km) This beautiful trail starts at the Pakowhai Bridge (Memorial Park Reserve) just down the road from Motu Cycle Trails in the township of Opotiki and meanders along a spectacular stretch of coast to Jackson Road (where it connects with the Motu Road Trail). Hugging the sand dunes, the trail provides excellent vantage points from which to enjoy unspoilt views of the Pacific Ocean and rugged hinterland of the East Cape. This is an easy trail that caters for cyclists of all abilities and fitness levels, providing for an ideal family day out. The trail has an easy gradient that is enjoyed by walkers, runners and cyclists. The return journey of 19 km can be comfortably ridden in one day from either end – with plenty of time to stop for a swim or picnic along the way. The Dunes Trail also provides a great warm up for those preparing to tackle the more challenging Motu Road Trail. Right on the edge of the trail is a great holiday base Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp. Please take care crossing the Tirohanga Bluff section of the Dunes Trail as this is tidal.


The Motu Road Trail (78 km) This is an intermediate trail through remote bush country wilderness. It includes a number of moderate hill climbs that require a reasonable level of fitness. The trail can be ridden in either direction – though you’ll get the best views (and more downhill riding) starting from Matawai. From the Matawai Hotel your ride begins with a gentle and relatively flat 14 km ride to the tiny township of Motu, where you will find Motu Community House. Here you can make a short 5 km detour to visit the beautiful Motu Falls for a swim and a picnic. Back on your bike, there is a steep 3 km climb waiting for you just beyond Motu, but the breath taking views you’ll enjoy from the top make it all worth it! From here, the trail follows the easy contours of the ridgeline, where you’ll enjoy lots of freewheeling. Then it’s mostly downhill en route to the coast, where the Motu Road Trail connects with the Dunes Trail to take you into Opotiki.

M otu tr ai l s Avid mountain bikers seeking a more challenging ride to Opotiki can divert off the Motu Road onto the more advanced the Pakihi Track. Pakihi Track (44 km) This legendary MÄ ori trail later became a horse track used by European settlers crossing the divide. It fell largely into disuse after the coach road was opened, but as part of the Motu Trails, it now provides a wonderful wilderness ride that has few equals. The start of the Pakihi Track is roughly 30 km along the Motu Road Trail from Matawai (about halfway) and is well signposted. This track provides a more challenging alternative to Motu Road Trail for those riding from Matawai to Opotiki or, if you're starting and ending your ride in Opotiki, it makes up part of the 91 km Loop Trail. The track includes 20 km of advanced off-road riding through splendid isolation. The largely downhill track takes you through magnificent bush, with wonderful panoramas that will demand many stops in order to truly appreciate the view. The trail crosses some 24 bridges, including a 35-metre swingbridge. Reaching the lower sections of the Pakihi Track, the trail hugs the river and the only sound accompanying the hum of your wheels will be the steady flow of water cascading down numerous waterfalls. The Pakihi Road marks your return to civilisation with a 24 km road ride, including 7 km of gravel, through bush and farmland to Opotiki, or if you prefer to stay in the wilderness turn left onto Te Waiti Road to find Bushaven & Motu Trails Hire & Shuttle. This is an advanced cycle trail that requires a reasonable level of fitness and a high level of technical expertise to ride. The off-road section of track is narrow in places with numerous steep gradients and drop-offs that require a cautious approach. The Pakihi Track can be ridden in either direction but the most fun will be had riding from the start off Motu Road.

Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle: 11 seater Shuttle to any track. Quality Mountain Bikes, 18 bike trailer, luggage trailer, accommodation 10 mins ride from the Pakahi Track. 75 Church Street, Opotiki. 07 929 7564 027 cycle shuttle.

The Loop Trail (91 km) The Loop Trail offers you a taste of all three of the Motu Trails, starting and ending your ride in Opotiki. Head off along the Dunes Trail, which links directly with the bottom of the Motu Road Trail. From here it will be mostly uphill riding as you head inland for about 40 km to the start of the Pakihi Track, which takes you back to Opotiki. We recommend you take 2-3 days to ride the loop providing plenty of time for side trips into Matawai and the Motu Falls. Bear in mind that while the Dunes Trail and Motu Road Trail are graded easy and intermediate, the Pakihi Track section of this ride is for advanced riders.


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Start / Finish Distance/Stage Marker Toilets Petrol Food Accommodation DOC Hut Shelter Parking TLA Boundary State Highway DUNES TRAIL Grade: Easy MOTU ROAD TRAIL Grade: Intermediate PAKIHI TRACK Grade: Advanced LOOP TRAIL Grade: Advanced

Services on the Motu Trails


Opotiki, Matawai and Gisborne have a range of cafes, shops and accommodation at the start or end of your ride to stock up on supplies before you head off. Matawai, at the start of the Motu Road Trail, is a small rural settlement with a store, cafe, service station with accommodation and a campground with bunkhouses. On the trail itself there is accommodation at the Motu Community House & Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp. A 6 bunk Department of Conservation hut is situated on the Pakihi Track. On Te Waiti Road there is accommodation at Bushaven/Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle. It's recommended that you carry all your water. Tank water is available at Motu and water can be drawn from the river and streams along the route, though it is recommended that this is boiled (3 min) filtered or treated before drinking. Toilets are available at the Hukuwai Reserve on the Dunes Trail, Matawai, Motu and at the start and end of the Pakihi Track. Mobile phone coverage is fairly non-existent outside Opotiki and Gisborne. For more information visit

For the PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROUTE TO GISBORNE – SEE 37 to 53 Kilometres from Opotiki Kilometres from GISBORNE

Nil 144km The Waioeka Journey – Te Awa a Tamatea is situated on State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne. The highway follows a route carved by rivers through the steep forested hills of the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve. The trip from Opotiki to Gisborne can probably take about two and a half hours but by picnicking or generally messing around anywhere in the delightful bush setting of the gorge the trip can profitably be made to last many hours longer. To start follow State Highway 2 south along St John Street, past the cemetary, continue to the right then you come out onto the Waioeka Flats and a straight road until the settlement of Waioeka and the entry into Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve (New Zealand’s largest scenic reserve). The gorge has many idyllic picnic spots and can be a fisherman’s paradise when the fish are biting. ‘The Waioeka Journey – Te Awa a Tamatea’, is a multiagency project aimed at increasing road safety, providing rest stops where drivers can take a break and discover some of the stories of the gorge. The two main agencies involved have been the NZ Transport Agency and the Department of Conservation.

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OPOTIKI to GISBORNE via Waioeka Gorge

25km Tauranga Track see Walks Page 24 119km Tauranga Bridge has recently been carefully restored. Just five minutes walk from the carpark, the historic Tauranga Bridge – a single span harp suspension bridge spanning 60 metres, is one of only two remaining in New Zealand. The bridge stands as a monument to the commitment of settlers determined to make a living off the land of Waioeka. For those who enjoy light adventure, the 2-3 hour walk up the valley from the bridge is beautiful, and takes in one of the first areas farmed in the Opotiki district. Please note: two creek crossings are required to complete the loop track. The gorge continues through Oponae and Wairata, where the Waioeka River turns south and the main road follows the Opata Stream. 47km Manganuku Bridge 97km Another area well worth the stop for a picnic or overnight stay is Manganuku Bridge. Here you will find toilets and large flat grass areas next to the river for overnight camping. Fees are just $7 per night, per campsite. At the eastern end of the camp is the old main highway bridge which was replaced when the highway was realigned many years ago. The Department of Conservation maintains the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve and wishes you a safe journey and that you will stop, respect and enjoy this amazing environment. Soon after the road starts to climb out of the gorge and wind its way up over Traffords Hill, at 725 metres the high point in the trip. Just after you cross the small bridge and the head waters of the Motu River, a right turn would take you through even more scenic back roads to Wharekopae, Rere Falls & Eastwoodhill Arboretum (See Page 58) joining SH2 again south of Gisborne. Or continue on the main road to Matawai.

We hope you HAVE enjoyed

The Waioeka Journey


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72km Matawai Matawai is a small rural settlement with hotel, store, cafe and service station.


Matawai Camp and Art Gallery: Kitchen, showers, toilets, Insulated bunk houses, tent sites, trout fishing, bush walks, mountain biking. Ph 06 862 4800 or Main Office Gisborne 06 867 5016 Hard Drive Café & Hard Drive Petrol & Diesel: ...(see Café) Tea Coffee Drinks & Lightmeals Eat in or to go. Open 7 days Hrs. 8.30- 5pm. Weekend Winter 10am - 4pm. Summer 9am -5pm. Accommodation available. Self-contained sleeps 8 to 10. Ph. 06-862 4823. Tracey & Mike Gebert.

Matawai is also one of the start points of the MOTU TRAILS CYCLEWAY one of New Zealand’s “18 Great Rides” (For more info See Pages 32 to 34) or for the not-so-sporty take a scenic drive described below & on page 22. Before you leave the area turn left in the village and visit Motu where you will find Motu Community House and the falls, 14kms from Matawai.

Motu Community House: Self-catering accommodation (for up to 9 people) on the Motu Trails. 18 Motu Falls Road, Motu Ph 06 063 5805 or 06 863 5804

MOTU VILLAGE / MOTU FALLS SIDE TRIP or RETURN TO OPOTIKI via MOTU ROAD SCENIC DRIVE Also see Page 22 for SCENIC DRIVES – Motu Road Motu Village is 14km from Matawai. Once a thriving centre of the surrounding district is nestled in the scenic Motu River Valley. Originally seven sawmills provided local industry and employment. Now Motu is a very well established and productive farming community. Special Attractions include Motu Falls (5kms from Motu Village) and the Whinray Reserve Bush Walk which is an easy two hour walk along the old Military Track. This is not a loop track, but there is vehicle access from each end – the other end is on Marumoko Road – off the old Motu Road. Other activities are mountain biking (including Motu Trails, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail) and trout fishing. On leaving Matawai the road to Gisborne follows the old railway track down through some majestic hill country that borders Te Urewera National Park. On the right, approximately 18kms from Matawai you will come across Makaretu Road where you will find Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks.

Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks: Experience Gisborne’s most spectacular scenery and accommodation. 658 Makaretu Rd, Otoko. P: 06-867 8452., or for more information visit

91km Otoko 53km Here you will find the western end of a Heritage Trail Walkway. (The eastern end is at Mahaki) The walkway is 5km in length, follows part of the old Gisborne to Motuhora railway, taking 2 - 3 hours to complete and is suitable for all age groups. There is a 500m detour to view a picturesque waterfall set amongst native bush that is noted for the kowhai blossom in spring. The walkway is closed during lambing season, 1 August - 23 October. As you emerge out of the hill country, with its sheep and cattle stations, you enter the fertile Poverty Bay flats where horticulture, vineyards, orchards and maize growing are the main rural activities. 122km Ormond 17km Take a left on either Tuke or Helyer Streets, then left again on Ormond Valley Road, you will find Wrights Vineyard & Winery at No. 232.

Wrights Vineyard & Winery: Grassroots cellar door experience. 232 Ormond Valley Road. Open Dec & Feb (Thurs-Sun), Jan (7 days), 1.30pm-4.30pm, or by appointment. Ph 06-862 5335.

139km Makaraka Turn left on SH 35 to Gisborne and East Cape or right to Wairoa and Napier. Roseland Tavern: Great family meals & takeaways. Ph 06-867 8315. See advert page 57.


For Gisborne Accommodation & Activities see Pages 55 TO 57.


I melt glass and make beads and jewellery 54 State Highway 35 • Phone: 07 315 5996 or 021 139 7381 Email:

A range of hippie and tie dye funky art clothing

Opotiki to Gisborne

via Pacific Coast Highway (SH 35) For alternative route to Gisborne via Waioeka Gorge see pages 35 & 36.

State Highway 35 – This scenic part of the Pacific Coast Highway from Opotiki to Gisborne should not be missed. The coastal scenery encountered is beyond compare.A good range of accommodation and meals are available. There are no 24 hour ATM machines between Opotiki and Ruatoria.Eftpos is readily available but cash withdrawals can be limited. LEAVING OPOTIKI on the MOTU TRAILS CYCLEWAY – Enter the Dunes Trail by heading to the northern end of Buchanan Street or St Johns Street, across the bridge onto the start of the Dunes Section, this followed by the Motu Trail and the Pakihi Track – Combine all of the trails and you have the 91km Loop Trail. See Pages 32 to 34 for more information.

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Nil 334.4km Leaving town, heading east, after you cross the Otara Bridge, second on the right you will find Hotglass Jewellery Gallery:

Hotglass Jewellery Gallery: 154 State Highway 35. Jewellery for sale. Ph: 07-315 5996 or 021 139 7381. Email: (see advert above)

1km Tablelands Detour 333.4km Turn right up Gows Road (or continue to Hukuwai Beach & turn up Beach Road) you arrive on Tablelands area with magnificent views over the East Cape, town area and the Otara Valley. This is also the main orchard area and in season you will have an opportunity to sample locally grown produce. At the top of the hill you can turn left onto Beach Road where you will find Airlie Lodge. Continuing on Tablelands Road you will find Capeview Cottages. Further on at 729 Tablelands Road is Bryn-hyfryd a privately owned conservation reserve. Discover what 65 million years of isolation has done to the unique flora & fauna of New Zealand. Predominant trees are Puriri, Tawa, Rewarewa, along with Miro, Nikau, Tree ferns, Rimu and many other native species. To protect ground-nesting birds, any dogs must be on a leash.

Airlie Lodge: Beach Rd Ext. Boutique Bed & Breakfast. Overlooking Opotiki. Panoramic ocean views & sunsets. Ph 07-315 8345. Mob 027-482-5500.

Capeview Cottage: Luxury Cottage in the country. Ph 07-315 7877 (see advert below)


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3.5km Hukuwai Beach 330.9km This is a popular and safe swimming beach. Here surf casting and long-line fishing is often well rewarded. There is a good picnic area with toilet facilities. Walking the beach and beach-combing can prove very interesting. The small hills rising on the right-hand side of the road were once the sites of pre-Pakeha native villages. Turning right on to Beach Road, you will climb onto Tablelands. Continuing on the main road you will find

A nice fish! – Photo by Andrew Caves

Opotiki Fishing Charters: Boat charters and land based fishing. Snapper specialists. Michael Ruru. Ph 027 268 6190

6km Tirohanga 328.4km Continuation of sandy beach and sand dunes, close to the road. Good surf fishing and swimming. The Tirohanga Bluff, a hill on the seaward side of the road, has an old Maori fortification on top where old trenches are easily discernible. The Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp has up-to-date modern cooking and ablution blocks and the owners offer every assistance to campers.

Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp: East Coast Road, RD 1, Opotiki. Ph/Fax 07-315 7942. Robert and Glennis McLellan. (see advert below)

Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp

SH35, Tirohanga Beach, Opotiki P: 07 315 7942 E:

... is in an awesome location for your holiday, right next to a long sandy beach. This is an ideal destination for a relaxing, no-fuss holiday located right next to Motu Dunes Trail and a safe beach for swimming, fishing, diving or just fooling around with the family. Use it for a base to explore what the Coast has to offer has a variety of cabins, shady powered and non-powered sites. Don’t forget your bike and walking shoes.

11.4km Waiaua River 323km A pleasant picnic area alongside a small river. Motu Road Scenic Detour Also see Scenic Drives page 22 for reverse loop trip. Cross the Waiaua River and turn right for the Motu Road to Matawai via Toa Toa and Motu. Three kms on the left are the Waiaua Church & Marae. As a contrast to the coastal scenery and easy driving on SH35 the old Motu coach road provides a more challenging drive on metalled road through some of the best rugged bush-clad mountainous country in New Zealand. Toa Toa - Valley of the Clouds, some 40km from Opotiki, now a quiet backwater, once supported a thriving community with timber mills, cheese factory, post office and school. Continue by veering right at Toa Toa. A detour at the Motu Falls - well signposted - will prove rewarding. With good amenities the falls is an ideal place for a picnic lunch. Allow the best part of Spectacular sea views when you ride the a day for the 140-odd km round trip back to Opotiki Motu Trails Cycleway - Dunes Trail. via the Waioeka Gorge or continue on from Matawai Photo to Gisborne (see Opotiki to Gisborne via Waioeka Gorge Pg 35 & 36).


12.8 km Omarumutu 321.6 km This is the site of the Omarumutu War Memorial Hall, the interior decoration of which belongs with the finest Maori art in the country. The Tutamure meeting-house reveres the ancestral chief of the present Ngatirua sub-tribe of Whakatohea, who attacked and won his battle with Kahungunu at Te Mahia Peninsula. Visitors are welcome to inspect the Marae grounds unless there is a Tangi [funeral] being held, this is indicated when the Marae flag is flying at half mast. The original pa sites of Tutamure may still be seen today at Rahui. The Makeo peak, behind Omarumutu, was one of his strongholds.

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17.6 km Opape 316.8 km This is where the sandy beach ends amid the rocky inlets. Small fishing boats may be launched here to seek their way through the channel to the open sea. Eastern boundary of the Whakatohea tribe, Opape is the site of the Muriwai meeting-house overlooking the sea. Here visitors can find a well equipped camping ground set well back off the main road and a newly developed coastal walkway. See WALKS page 24. 24 km Torere 310.4 km A large semi-circular bay, rocky at each extremity, and with a steeply shelving pebble beach, with deep water close to shore. Unsuitable for swimming but ideal for fishing. A lovely picnic area is situated on the western side of the bay beneath large pohutukawa trees. At the eastern end of the Bay the Bookbinders Road leads to some historic walkways, which include evidence of early Maori settlement on top of the hill and a whaling oven along the beachfront below the hill. This is private property so a phone call would be a wise move. A richly decorated church, serving the local Ngaitai tribe here, is worth inspecting, and the key can be collected at the nearby Runanga office where you will be directed to local points of interest and the various cottage industries. As you drive up the hill take time to see the magnificently carved Whakairo Gateway to Torere School.The Ngaitai tribe of Torere are descendants of Hoturoa’s daughter, Torere, who came ashore from the Tainui canoe on its journey along the coast from Whangaparaoa. The Tainui eventually terminated its journey from Hawaiiki at Kawhia, after being dragged overland from the Waitemata into the Manukau Harbour. 28.8 km Hawai 305.6 km A similar shelving beach to Torere, bare of trees, and usually covered with driftwood. An excellent fishing spot, with river swimming and surfing at the eastern end of the beach. This is the boundary area of the Whanau-a-Apanui tribe, which extends to Cape Runaway. Many tribal skirmishes have been reported about here - the old Ngariki tribe has Pa's in the hills - and the Hawai River, on the eastern side of this area, appears to have been part of one of the old tracks to the Gisborne plains in ancient times.

Hawai Bay Motor Camp: Lodge rooms from $20. Caravan, motor-home and tent sites. River swimming, fishing, surfing. Ph. 07-315 7359.

40km Maraenui/Haupoto A 198 metre high Maraenui hill on the coastal road provides look-out spots which give panoramic views of the coast to Opotiki and beyond, and to Te Kaha and Cape Runaway. A narrow strip of private farmland separates the beach from the main road. The beach is stoney and shelves steeply into deep water, another good fishing spot. A side road runs down to the beach, where tucked away in a secluded spot you will find Oariki Coastal Cottage. The rivermouth is renowned for kahawai fishing in season and can be reached from both sides. This area was the location of numerous Pa sites along the coastal flats and in the hills behind. During the siege of Maraenui Beach – Chris Stone Te Kaha, this area provided much-needed food supplies for the defenders. Maraenui Pa was attacked by the northern Ngapuhi tribe.

Oariki Coastal Cottage is self contained on a peaceful beachfront, secluded coastal farmlet. Sleep to the sound of the ocean, wake to the sound of birds. Ph 07-325 2678. Email



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Omaio Store & Café Motu River Jet Boat Tours Open 7 days • General Store • Café • Takeaways Fuel (91 & Diesel) • LPG & Dive Bottle fills

Ph 07 325 2873

“An Extra-Ordinary Jet Boat Ride” Ph 07-325 2735 or 07-325 2873 Access into some country which is totally remote, unaltered by man and is rarely viewed.

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44.8km Motu River 289.6km The coastal road from Maraenui runs inland several miles, then crosses the Motu River bridge, and continues along-side the river to pass near the mouth of the river. Just across the bridge is access to the river near which was the camp, used by the men when investigating dam sites for a power scheme on this mighty Motu River, which rises in mountainous country beyond Matawai and falls 487 metres along its 110 km run, and having a catchment area, all in virgin forest, of over 900 square km. The Motu River runs through some of the most awesomely scenic country in New Zealand. Its banks are covered with unique and rare flora such as orchids, koromiko, hebe and native broom in a setting of wild splendour scarcely touched by humans since time began. The entire river is covered by a conservation order, its waters offer the only access to view these scenic wonders. These same waters offer exceptional opportunities for jetboating, whitewater rafting and kayaking. Motu River Jet Boat Tours: Give Experienced Driver & Guide Neville

a call for an extra-ordinary Jet Boat Ride - see advert above

51.2km Whitianga Bay Deep water cove, in one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand. 56.8km Omaio 277.6km A wide, fairly sheltered bay, with the road running along close to the beach area. The shingle surf beach shelves steeply, and provides good fishing. At the bend you will find Omaio Store & Café. A sharp left here leads you to some wonderful carvings on the Marae gateway, many ideal picnic sites, toilets and the Hoani Waititi Reserve. Continue to the right on the Pacific Coast Highway.


Motu River & Motu Bridge – Patrick Carpenter.

Omaio Store & Café:- Open 7 days for Fuel, Food, LPG & Dive Bottle fills. Ph 07-325 2873 – see advert above.

63.2km Little Awanui 271.2km Sandy, sheltered cove and bay, ideal for picnics or just stopping to admire the view and maybe swim, fish, dive or to go boating. Soon you will approach Copenhagen Road on the right, where you will find the Beautiful Tui Lodge, superior accommodation and a little further on the Maungaroa Scenic Drive, which provides fine panoramic views of the coastline and magnificent bush scenery.

Beautiful Tui Lodge: 200 Copenhagen Rd. Joyce & Rex invite you to share their piece of paradise. Ph 07-325 2922 – see advert below

Beautiful Tui Lodge

Spacious ensuite rooms, ocean views. Lovely gardens and birdsong, complimentary breakfast. Let Joyce & Rex be your consummate hosts.


200 Copenhagen Rd, Te Kaha | p 07 325 2922 e |

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Te Kaha Beach Resort State Highway 35

Luxury accommodation • Weddings • Conferences Restaurant • Bar • Café • General Store • Heated pool • Spa Phone: 07-325-2830 Fax: 07-325-2831 Email: Website: Kilometres from Opotiki Kilometres from GISBORNE

70.4km Te Kaha 264km Te Kaha (to stand firm) owes its name to the many sieges by invading tribes that it withstood. At Te Kaha Tukaki, a beautifully carved meeting house, and the remains of the old redoubt may be seen. Te Kaha was an old whaling settlement and was the scene of early missionary activities. As the whale numbers decreased, farming activities became the chief source of income for the local people. A dairy company was established but this, in common with other small factories throughout New Zealand, was forced to close and the milk sent on to Opotiki. Te Kaha’s ideal climate has lead to many kiwifruit orchards being established in recent years. A popular vacation area, situated on a headland and surrounded by glorious bays and beaches. Continuing on the Pacific Coast Highway you will find the Te Kaha RSA and Te Kaha Beach Resort. On past the Marae you will find the Te Kaha Holiday Park Motels & Café, General Store and Takeaways, overlooking the bay. Maraetai Bay also known as School House Bay, is a safe, sandy sheltered beach for swimming or laz'n and there is a public toilet. The Resource Recovery Centre for refuse disposal is on Copenhagen Road, which you can access from just past School House Bay.

Te Kaha Beach Resort: Relax in Waterfront Accommodation in a most beautiful part of the coast. Restaurant, Bar, Cafe. A great base for fishing, tramping, hunting. (see ad above)

Te Kaha Holiday Park Motels & Café: Post Shop, Lotto, accommodation, café. Ph 07-325 2894. (see advert below)


H O L I D AY M O T E L S &


Motels, Cabins & Backpackers Sheltered Caravan & Tent Sites within 5 acres of parklike setting 300m to Sandy Beach  500m to Permitted Boat Launching facilities Cafe  General Store  Liquor off licence LPG  Postal Centre Hosts: Hone & Helen Ph/fax 07 325-2894  Email: 

On the left 3km from School House Bay is the Maungaroa Marae with a whale boat on display. This is the historic “Greyhound” that in 1993 was returned to the coast from Gisborne Museum. The ruins of its boat shed can be seen on the beach below the marae. Further on, by the roadside between two lovely pohutukawa trees, is buried Princess Te Rangi Pai and her husband John Howie. The grave is marked with a guardian angel headstone, one of the wings of which was damaged during the Wahine storm of 1968 (the stone has since been repaired). The Howies lived for many years in their home “Kopuakoeaea” at Maungaroa. Mrs Howie was a great celebrity and a famous New Zealand singer who performed before royalty. 76km Kereu River Good fishing, picnicking and laz’n.


Waikawa B&B and Snapper Bach: Wake to the waves and a scrumptious breakfast overlooking the ocean. Hosts Shirley & Russell. Ph 07-325 2070. (see advert below).

81.6km Waikawa Point Good fishing, picnicking, fossicking on the rocks, diving and laz’n.


Waikawa B&B and Snapper Bach Wake to the Waves Private en suite B&B or 2 bedroom self-contained bach. Secluded waterfront with picture perfect sea views to marine volcano White Island and direct access to an enchanting rocky bay – fishing, diving, kayaking.

7541 SH35 Te Kaha Ph: 07-325 2070


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Whanarua Bay, 8462 SH 35, RD 3, Opotiki Phone: +64 7 3252960 • Macadamia products at orchard prices. Espresso and food in our garden cafe. Groups welcome for lunch and teas by appointment.

88km Whanarua Bay 246.4km Considered by many to be the prettiest bay on the coast. The climate here, as on so much of the coast, is without equal in New Zealand and as some claim, in the world - Whanarua Bay has its own sub-tropical micro climate. The small beach is ideal for picnics, swimming & snorkelling. As vehicle access is difficult, visitors are requested to take the short walk down to the bay, opposite Pacif ic Coast Macadamias. There is also a walking track through untouched native forest to a beautiful waterfall, star ting at the bridge over the Whanarua Stream. Access is over private land and permission must be obtained from the Park Kayaking on the Coast – photo courtesy of Maraehako Bay Retreat Backpackers family (Ph. 07-325 2034). This waterfall is Waahitapu (sacred) to local Maori, please treat the track and bush with appropriate respect.

Pacific Coast Macadamias: Our sub-tropical plantation is open daily during the summer months for espresso coffee and macadamia products. (see advert above)

The Homestead Bed & Breakfast: Dinner by arrangement. Beautiful panoramic view of Whanarua Bay and beyond to White Island. 8523 S.H. 35 – Phone/Fax 07-325 2071 Email Website

Whanarua Bay Cottages: 8490 SH35. 2 bedroom self-contained cottages. Ph 07-325 2721.

89.6km Maraehako Bay 244.8km Idylic spot with all amenities catered for. Swimming, fishing and boat launching on private property. Unique Location.


Maraehako Bay Retreat Backpackers: Just relaxing or bush walks, kayaking, seafood gathering, Fishing & Diving Charters. Ph 07-325 2648

Maraehako Camping Ground: Beach frontage, small boat launching, horse treks, hot showers, good fishing, campervans welcome. Ph Bea 07-325 2901

99.2km Raukokore Easily recognised by the Anglican Church on the promontory and the Catholic Church almost opposite which was once marked by a huge whale bone arch, a relic of the old whaling days. The arch is now housed in the Whakatane Museum where it was placed for safe keeping. Good fishing and a sandy beach near the school. There is a Resource Recovery Centre for refuse disposal 400m up Orete Forest Road which you will find on the right at the top of the hill after leaving Raukokore.


Raukokore Church – Barbara Collett

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Engineering and Repairs - Mobile Hydraulic Hose Service Commercial and Domestic Hoses

41 Otutehapari Road, Waihau Bay • Phone 07 325 2162 • Email •

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TYRES & DJ Aubertin BATTERIES Oil & Filters - Machinery Parts - Water Pumps - Generators

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107.2km Waihau Bay 227.2km A rock-strewn bay where you will find a Post Office store which was founded by James Walker who established his business interests here in the 1870’s. Waihau Bay General Store have local information on the coast & activities happening. A deep-sea fishing club with concrete boat ramp has been established & boat charters are available. There are some good fishing spots locally and there is also a local coastguard (VHF Channel 63) manned during daylight hours. Adjacent to the boat ramp there are public toilets.

Trophy Lures: The Home of Trophy Lures The Fishing Tackle shop on the Coast. Open 7 days. All fishing supplies. Easy access for vans & buses.(see advert above) Waihau Bay General Store: Ph 07-325 3885, Fax 07-325 3990, Postal Centre, Service station, Tyre Repairs, Dive Bottle Fills, LPG Bottles, groceries, camping needs, ice-creams & cold drinks, takeaways. Open 7 days. Proprietors: Tony & Teri. Waihau Bay Lodge: Accommodation, Restaurant, Bar & Wholesale Ph 07 325 3805 – see advert below

WAIHAU BAY LODGE - Te Ao Pururangi Full Bar – Restaurant – Wholesale All meals Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner; Fishing lunches. Functions catered for. Budget group accommodation or superior Lodge accommodation. Spacious dining & lounge area. Magnificent Ocean views: Right on boat ramp! Ph. 07 3253 805 | Email

Continuing on the Pacific Coast Highway around the bay, just past the impressive new Waihau Bay Fishing Club building you will find Stollies Guesthouse. Stollies: New quality seafront guesthouse. Two separate bedrooms. Laundry, SKY TV, boat parking, close to boat ramp & meals by arrangement. Wireless internet available. Ph 07-325 3603. Email:

110km Oruaiti Beach 224.4km A safe, sandy, swimming beach, this is considered by many to be the best beach on the East Coast road and the Waihau Bay Homestay is only just across the road from the beach.

Waihau Bay Homestay: and self contained units. Meals on request. Also House Available. Hosts: Nolene Topia. Ph 07-325 3674.

118.4km Whangaparaoa (Cape Runaway) 216km This is the boundary of the Opotiki District and also of the local tribe, Te Whanau-a-Apanui. Take time out to learn some local history and stand where the warriors of the Tainui Canoe first landed at Whangaparaoa Beach. On the right at Number 11442 you will find U.M.F Manuka Honey. There is a good beach and fishing. Turn off by the School to the beach and small boat launching. The Cape itself cannot be reached by road. Opposite the School there is an Interdominational church. It is here that two famous canoes landed from Hawaiiki about 1350 A.D. – the Tainui and the Arawa. Other canoes such as the Tauira and Tokomaru are also said to have called at Taungawhaka, this spot is where kumaras were supposedly first introduced to New Zealand. A restored old Pa site and meeting house are of historical interest at Whangaparaoa.

U.M.F. Manuka Honey: For Sale made locally. Open 7 days. Healing properties and good to eat. Call at 11442 State Highway 35, Cape Runaway. Ph 07-325 3955. Email:


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LOTTIN POINT MOTEL Beautiful views • Great fishing & diving • Heli pad Licensed restaurant • Bar • Barbecue • Guest laundry Bait & fishing gear • 18 self contained units sleep 5 Double & single available

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134km Potaka 200.4km Potaka is the most northerly of Ngati Porou communities and is the start of the Ngati Porou tribal area. Here there is a school and a marae, a road to the left runs down to Lottin Point and Lottin Point Motel. This public road is bounded by private property and visitors are requested to observe the owner rights.

Lottin Point Motel: Licensed restaurant. Excellent fishing, diving etc. Your hosts Bruno & Duckie. Ph/Fax 06-864 4455. (see advert above)

Lottin Point is well worth a visit. Here we have the serenity of quiet bays and the contrasting rocky coastline with pounding seas. There is good fishing here both for the diver and the surf caster. Just before reaching Hicks Bay you will notice the aptly named Nipple Hill, also beautiful waterfall in the bush on the right. On the left you will find Coastal Country Horse Treks. See advert below. 151.2km Hicks Bay 183.2km There is a sudden and dramatic change and this bay, originally Hicks Bay Wharf - Grant Collett named Te Wharekahika and renamed after one of the crew of the “Endeavour” is a truly lovely place. In Ngati Porou history it gains its importance as the place the most famous of Ngati Porou fighting chiefs, Tuwhakairiora first made his home on entry into the area. In times past a freezing works and port were established at the western end of the Bay under the lee of Matakaoa Point. With forestry development on the East Cape, maybe the port will be developed again. Hicks Bay marks the start of the large sheep and cattle stations which extend from here to the south of the North Island along the East Coast and for many miles inland. Horse treks available from Coastal Country Horse Treks (see advert below).

Coastal Country Horse Treks: Experience the view of beautiful Hicks Bay by horse. 2 hour Horse Treks, beach or bush. Ph 06-864 4780.

Hicks Bay General Store & Takeaways: Friendly Ngati Porou service, Groceries, Espresso, Bottle Store, NZ Post and much more: Ph 06-864 4725.

Onepoto Bay At the eastern end is Onepoto Road which leads to Horseshoe Bay (Onepoto) with its cluster of homes. A beautiful quiet secluded bay, 2 minutes from the Hicks Bay Store, it is an ideal safe family recreational beach. Swimming and surfing. Onepoto served as the local boat landing bay preEuropean and during early settlement, prior to the Hicks Bay Wharf being established. On leaving the flat as you wind up the hill some real views are revealed. Here you come upon the Hicks Bay Motel Lodge & The Puriris both on breath taking sites where you will receive warm welcomes. Opposite the motel exit up on the hill is one of New Zealand’s largest puriri trees. Hicks Bay Motel Lodge: Ph 06-864 4880. Restaurant, licensed bar, bottlestore & shop (see advert opposite page) Home of Hicks Bay Fishing Charters see ad below. The Puriris: Self-contained cottage overlooking beautiful Hicks Bay, East Cape. 5138 Te Araroa Rd, SH 35, Hicks Bay. Ph 06 864 4035.

HICKS BAY FISHING CHARTERS on the Senator Offshore 11 Metre “Maddy Rose” Fishing or Leisure

44 Ph 06-864 4880

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General store & bottle shop. Power & tent sites. Amenities block. Budget accommodation families & backpackers. Short walk to swim or fish off the rocks. EFTPOS available

Te Araroa Holiday Park & Motels Email: • Ph: 06-864 4873 • Fax: 06-864 4473

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A short journey over the hill, Pukeamaru, with brilliant views leads you down to the Tokata flats, where you will find the well equipped and friendly Te Araroa Holiday Park & Motels, a little further on Seaside Camping @ 4724 and the interesting East Cape Manuka oil plant, shop and cafe is well worth a stop. Between here and Te Araroa there is a Caravan Dump Station on the seaward side of the road.

Te Araroa Holiday Park & Motels: Remote coastal setting. Budget accommodation for families & backpackers. Paraplegic facilities. Ph 06-864 4873. (see advert above)

Seaside Camping 4724 Te Araroa Rd: Absolute beachfront. Tent sites, campervans, dorm rooms. Seasonal Nov/May Bookings at Hicks Bay Motel Ph 06 864 4880 Book online:

East Cape Manuka Visitors Centre & Cafe: Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey products available. Visitors welcome. Espresso, smoothies and food. (see advert below)

East Cape Manuka Visitors Centre & Cafe On SH35 between Hicks Bay & Te Araroa. Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey Products available. Espresso, Fruit Smoothies, Ice creams, drinks and food. Informative visual displays, Garden with outdoor seating.Good parking - suitable buses and campervans.Visitors very welcome. Group factory tours by prior arrangement. Open 7 days November to April.Open 5 days May to October.

Phone 06 864 4826 • Freephone 0508 MANUKA (0508 626 852) •

160.8km Te Araroa 173.6km A short drive along the flat brings you to Te Araroa, small township with a large community.. The town has a Farmers General Store, the Kai Kart Café & Takeaways and the Eastern Store Four Square a well-stocked store with Petrol & Diesel available. Locally there are many points of interest -- In the School grounds on the Beach front stands a giant Pohutukawa tree (Te Waha o Rerekohu) reputed to be the oldest & largest in N.Z. Historic Whetumatarau Pa site towers prominently above the township. A short drive takes you to The East Cape Lighthouse with its climb of 700 steps is the most easterly point in N.Z. and along with Mt Hikurangi is the first to view the sun in the southern hemisphere. East Island - Whangaokena stands in view from the lighthouse. The vast areas of rocky platforms exposed at low tide are a mecca for divers and seafood gatherers.

Eastern Store: Mobil petrol & diesel. Open 7 days. Four Square specials. Groceries. Beer & wine sales. LOTTO. NZ Post Agent. Ph 06-864 4874. (see advert below)

Kai Kart Café & Takeaways: Fish & Chips, Burgers, Coffee, Dine In. Ph 06-864 4806. Hours: Tues-Sat 12 to 2, 4 to 6. Sat & Stats 12 to 3. 27/12-31/3 7 Days 10.30 to 6.30.

Te Araroa Farmers General Store: Open 7 days for Coffee, Convenience foods, Fishing supplies, Ice & Bait, T-Shirts & Souvenirs. Ph 06-864 4819.




Wide Range of Groceries - Continuous Specials • Beer & Wine Open 7 Days Phone 06-864 4874 • Liz and Bill Koia Agent


Great day activity for families tel/fax 06 864 3033 836 Rangitukia Rd, Tikitiki. 2 hours North of Gisborne

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Eastender Horse Treks

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East Cape lighthouse The all weather road runs along the waterfront through private land so beware of stock on the road. The lighthouse is the most easterly in the world and the climb up to the light is well worth the trip. The 40 km round trip is most rewarding done early to see the sunrise. 187.2km Tikitiki 147.2km Tikitiki lies in a valley on the bend in the road and is reached after having driven through some pleasant farmland with areas of forestry development. Tikitiki contains much of interest to the student of the Maori. The people here are descendants of the Whatonga and Toi saga, the first to settle and establish themselves in the fertile valley through which the Waiapu River flows. Good fishing at the mouth. Tikitiki has a school, a health centre, a garage, an R.S.A., Postal Centre and Café. Above Tikitiki township is the f lat hill P u kemai re on which are clearly def i ned trenches dug in 1864 during the Maori Wars, superimposed on the older earthworks and habitations of the pre-Pakeha era. Turn left to travel to Rangitukia. After the second bridge, Beach Rd is on the right where you will find Coastal Lodge. Continue on Rangitukia Road another 3km to find Eastender Horse Treks.

Horse Trekking along the Coast – Eastender Horse Treks

Coastal Lodge: Peaceful relaxing, friendly country lodge by the beach. Ph 06 864 3020 (see advert below).

Eastender Horse Treks: Every day riding for all levels. 2 hour beach & bush treks from $85. Ph.06 864 3033. (see advert above)

East Cape Lighthouse –

St. Mary’s Church at Tikitiki should on no account be missed. The project had to excel all other churches and have Maori architectural design, hereby leading to a resurgence of Maori arts and crafts in the area. The wonderful carvings and Tukutuku woven panels were created by local Ngati Porou craftspeople and the pulpit was a gift from the Te Arawa tribe. Entry to the church is by gold coin donation inside the church.

Coastal Lodge. Beach Rd. Accommodation • Sky • Internet Peaceful relaxing friendly Country lodge by the beach. Tariff $100 – Meals available Contacts: 06 864 3020 / 021 802 369


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HOURS: Mon-Sat 7am- 6.30pm Sun 8am-5pm PHONE: 06-864 8450 WAIOMATATINI ROAD, RUATORIA

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206.4km Ruatoria 128km Ruatoria is the largest town since leaving Opotiki and offers facilities not found in other coastal towns so far and is a service centre for many outlying valleys, where you will find Kai Kart Takeaways, Ruatoria Hotel, Sharon’s Village Café & Crafts, a Westpac Bank, an R.S.A. Club and there is a Skate Park & Playground situated on the main road. Further on you will find the well stocked Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square and Enz of the Earth Guest House Accommodation. Ruatoria has a charm of its own and has important connections with the Maori people, being the centre of the great Ngati Porou tribe. Sir Apirana Ngata lived here and his memory is perpetuated in the Ngata Memorial College. The Maori V.C. Lieutenant Ngarimu was born here. Since 1973 a lot of the marginal farmland has been planted in exotic trees (mainly pinus radiata) which has provided some employment. As well as providing a valuable timber resource the pine trees have helped to stabilise erosion-prone land, and will provide future employment opportunities. Enz of the Earth: Guest House Accommodation. Meals by arrangement. Tariff from $100. Booking ahead recommended. 3 The Crossroads. Ph 06-8648711. 027 429 2279. Email:

Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square: Supermarket shopping, Petrol & Diesel, Lotto, Hardware, Souvenir T-Shirts, Beer & Wine. Ph 06 864 8450. See advert above.

Kai Kart Takeaways: Fish & Chips, Burgers, Toasted Sandwiches, Coffee, Cold Drinks. Open Tues-Fri 10.30am to 8.30pm. Sat & Sun 12 to 8pm. Stats closed. Ph 06-864 8083

Ruatoria Hotel: Ph 06-864 8437. Accommodation, Meals, Bar, Bottle Store, Gaming Rooms, Functions. Sharon's Village Café & Crafts Ruatorea: NEW Top Taste Chicken, Coffee 2 go, Meals, Burgers & Takeaways. Come on in. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Private functions & Catering available Ph 06-864 8984 Te Runanga o Ngati Porou: Mount Hikurangi Guided Tours, Hut Bookings & Mountain Access. E: Ph 06 864 9004 see advert below. Westpac: Low on cash? Westpac in the Main Street, have an ATM for your convenience.

Mt Hikurangi At 1754 metres, the majestic Mt. Hikurangi is the highest non-volcanic peak in the North Island. The mountain is sacred to the Ngati Porou people and is the first place in New Zealand to see the sun each day. High on the mountain are nine carved Whakairo (sculptures) depicting the whanau of Maui - Tikitiki - a - Taranga, who legend attributes to fishing the North Island up from the sea. There is a walking track to the summit via private property, access is by permission of Ngati Porou Tourism. For access, hut bookings, guided tours or information contact Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou 06-864 9004 or email


“Some places are so special they demand reverence, and once experienced, hold an unassailable place in your memory.”

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Mount Hikurangi – High on the mountain are nine carved Whakairo (sculptures) depicting the whanau of Maui – Tikitiki – a – Taranga, who legend attributes to fishing the North Island up from the sea.

Te Puia Springs Hotel Old charm hotel, newly renovated with accommodation, restaurant, bar and private mineral hot pool. 6km to Waipiro Bay. Great reviews! Bush walks • tropical gardens • thermal activity • golf course Knox and Marilyn Toheriri - 4689 Waiapu Road • PO Box 5 • Te Puia Springs Phone: 06-864 6755 • Mobile: 027 223 1752 • Email: Kilometres from Opotiki Kilometres from GISBORNE

Waipiro Bay: A 14km loop road detour off the main road here will take you to Waipiro Bay. Once a bustling coastal shipping township the bay has a school, a fishing ground, three historical Marae and a church. 232.8km Te Puia Springs 101.6km Te Puia Springs is most interesting for here we have evidence of thermal activity. Just north of the village is a pleasant golf course. There is a hospital, and a small but attractive settlement with a well stocked store, clean public toilets, Te Puia Springs Hotel and Visitor Information Centre. The surrounding area is interesting and is worth more than a passing glance. Te Puia Springs Visitor Information Centre: Ph 06-864 6853.

In District Council building. For visitor information and recreational advice. Te Puia Springs Hotel: Accommodation, Restaurant, Bar & Private Mineral Hot Pools. 6km to Waipiro Bay. (see ad above)

Tokomaru Bay – Sean Allen


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Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B HISTORIC PLACES TRUST 100 YEAR OLD BUILDING Quality accommodation • Fully self catering facilities Three bedrooms • ½ minute walk to beach Bill & Jan Hughes - 8 Waimana Street Tokomaru Bay Tel 06 864 5411 Mobile 027 459 4099 Email:

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243.2km Tokomaru Bay 91.2km A quiet coastal township with a temperate climate, Tokomaru Bay is a pleasant place. With rocky headlands at each end of eight kilometres of golden beach, it is an ideal place for swimming, surfing and fishing. On the waterfront you will find public toilets & a Skate Park. It is an area rich in culture and history and is known as an arts centre as many craftspeople have been drawn to live there. The local Maori, Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare have four active marae including the large carved meeting-house on the Pakirikiri Marae which was opened in 1934. A party came down from Rarotonga to take part in the ceremony, hence the name Te Hono ki Rarotonga. The headland Mawhai Pa is known for the stout defence by a small group of old men, women and three European whalers against a much larger party of Hauhau warriors in 1865. Turn left onto Beach Road which takes you along the beachfront to the Te Puka Tavern, carry on to Waima at the eastern end of the bay you will find The Ruins Accommodation, near the old wharf and the remains of a freezing works which closed down in 1952, relics of the era when transport on the coast was by sea. The New Zealand Shipping Co. had a depot here and the harbour operated until 1963.

Beach Road, Tokomaru Bay • Phone 06-864 5465

A C C O M M O D AT I O N • B A R • B I S T R O

4 Quality Motel Units • Internet available •

Blue Marlin Motel: 2 self contained units. Sleep 6. BBQ, Freeview. Laundry. 150 metres from beach. Ph 06-864 5842

Brians Place Backpackers: 21 Potae Street. Ph 06-864 5870. Great Sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Email:

Te Poutapeta/The Post Office B&B: Historic Places Trust 100 year old building. Quality accommodation. Ph. 06-864 5411. (See advert above)

Te Puka Tavern: Beach Rd Ph 06-864 5465. Accommodation, Bar & Café 4 Quality 2 bedroom Motel Units. (See advert above)

The Ruins Accommodation: Situated on the old freezing works historical site. Private, Secluded, Tranquil. 5 mins walk to the wharf. 2 self contained units, 1 sleeps 4 the other 7. Ph to 027 267 6561 or 021 037 6948.

Tokomaru Bay Four Square: Fuel, Lotto, General Store, ATM, Beer and Wine, Open 7 days. Ph 06 864 5718 see advert below.

Tokomaru Bay Four Square Lotto • Beer & Wine • ATM in store Petrol 24hr Self Service (91 & Diesel)



Well Stocked General Store. Open 7 days. SHW 35 - P: 06-864 5718 E:

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• Hosted (B&B) and self-contained accommodation • Beachfront property • Sensational views from private decks • WiFi available • Host: Judy Newell A: 930 Anaura Road, Anaura Bay • P: 021 633 372 • E: • W: Kilometres from Opotiki Kilometres from GISBORNE

267km Anaura Bay Well wor th the 7k m d r ive, A nau r a Bay is one of t he mo s t b e a ut i f u l of a l l t he East Cape Bays. Steeped in history, Captain Cook berthed at A nau ra where he was war mly welcomed by local Maori, after a speedy retreat from Poverty Bay! Anaura is a very safe haven with a f lat golden sa nded bea ch w it h great fishing. The backdrop of wonderful native bush provides a well formed family walkway of 3.5kms, taking about two hours. An idyllic spot with a good range of all types of accommodation.


An idyllic view of the drive into Anaura Bay – Gladys Dawson.

Anaura Beachstay or Willowflat Farmstay

Self contained cottage. Escape to the waters edge or relax in the spa. Min stay 2 nights. Rates $130 - $200. Farmstay at Willowflat also available • Phone 06-862 6341 or

Anaura Bay Family Motor Camp: Absolute Beachfront. Powered & Tent sites. Dump Station avail. for our campers. Ph 06-862 6380 Your friendly hosts Jack & Marie. (see advert below)

Anaura Beachstay or Willowflat Farmstay (PCH): Escape to the water’s edge or relax in the spa. Self contained units. Min stay 2 nights. Ph 06-862 6341. (see advert above)

Rangimarie Beachstay B&B: 930 Anaura Road. Ph 021 633 372. (see advert above)

276km A few kilometres from Tolaga Bay you will find, 58.4km

Papatahi Homestay: 3kms north of Tolaga Bay. Modern sunny home. Separate accommodation with ensuite. Ph 06-862 6623. Email





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The Tolaga Bay Inn


Accommodation Bunk rooms $25pp, Double rooms from $80.00. Family rooms sleep up to 4. Full kitchen & laundry facilities. 5 mins from beach. Open 7 days per week. Cook Street (Highway 35 Tolaga Bay). 12 Cook Street, Ph: 06 862 6856 E: or

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279.2km Tolaga Bay 55.2km This town is larger than most of the settlements on this coast, and features The Tolaga Inn, a picturesque colonial style hotel, the shopping centre is good and the town boasts a nine-hole golf course, bowling club and skate park. The streets of this town are named after Captain Cook’s crew. Cook cast anchor here in 1769. The beach at Tolaga Bay is excellent for swimming and fishing and adequate facilities are available for boat launching. What is probably the best situated camp site on this coast is The Tolaga Bay Holiday Park about three kilometres out of town, right on the beach at the end of the bay where the rocky shoreline again commences. The very long jetty served as a wharf for the area in the days of coastal shipping. A very popular fishing spot, this is also the start of the 5km Cook’s Cove walkway (2.5 hours) which provides spectacular views of Cook’s Cove and the hole in the cliff wall. Cooks Cove - Trudi Ngawhare

Cottles Cafe & Bakery: Home of the famous pies. Burton Hollis Coffee. Cook Street. Ph 06-862 6484. Tolaga Bay Holiday Park: 167 Wharf Road. Ph 06-862 6716. Cabins, powered and tent sites, kitchen, ablution block, hot showers. Safe beach and good fishing. Close to Cook’s Cove walkway. Mike & Trina Brooker. Tolaga Bay Inn: Open 7 days. 12 Cook Street. Ph 06 862 6856 E: Check out our facebook page. See advert above. Uawa FM Media Centre: Info Centre/Radio Station. Studio Ph 06-862 6826. 88.5FM & 99.3FM, 88.8FM @ Tokomaru. Email Ph/Fax 06-862 6862


298.5km Waihau Beach (also known as Loisels Beach) 36km Its worth taking the time to travel 4.5kms along Waihau Road to view 5.6 kms of unspoilt beach nestled in a secluded bay. The beach has a unique combo of safe swimming, great surfing, surfcasting and rocky areas for diving. The beach is alive with dotterell and white-breasted shag colonies. A rewarding day walk along the beach and Old Coach Road leads to the famous Cook's Cove Walkway and views of Tolaga Bay wharf.

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Jen’s Retreat Whangara: Glenroy Road. Semi self-contained B&B Farmstay. Own facilities with ensuite. Established gardens & trees surrounding homestead. Farm tours, kiwifruit. Hosts Rick & Jenny Loffler. Ph 06-862 2879,

318km Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve 16km (Road access at Pouawa Beach) Marine life is totally protected in this reserve which covers 2450 hectares from the Pouawa to the Waimoko river mouths, and up to 3.5kms offshore. 324km Tatapouri Tatapouri is a fantastic base from which to explore the East Coast. Good fishing and diving may be enjoyed. Wild life mixture including penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and a wide variety of seabirds. Tatapouri is in close proximity to several top surfing beaches, is only 10 minutes from Gisborne City’s shops and attractions. Tatapouri is the home of Dive Tatapouri and Tatapouri Camping Ground.

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Dive Tatapouri: Reef Ecology Tour with Wild Stingrays, Shark Cage Diving, Other activities available also. Bookings essential. Ph 06-868 5153 Up close with Stingray on the Reef Ecology E-mail Tour – Dive Tatapouri Internet 531 Whangara Road, State Highway 35, Tatapouri, Gisborne.

Tatapouri Camping Ground: Great camping at reasonable rates. Friendly family run camp, cosy cabins, Awesome reef experience, a place to enjoy the great outdoors. (see advert below) Be the first in the world to see the sunrise at the perfect beachfront holiday destination. All cabins CAMPING GROUND come with amazing sea views Self Contained Cabins 516 Whangara Road Sleeping Cabins • Private Cottage SH 35, Tatapouri, Power Sites • Non-Power Sites GISBORNE, East Coast Phone: 06-868 3269


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330.4km Wainui Beach 4km Wainui Beach is virtually right in Gisborne, but still retains the peace and restfulness of a country area. The beach is beautiful for swimming and New Zealand renowned for surfing. A left turn at Wairere Road takes you into the settlement of Wainui Beach where you will find Wainui Beach Motel. Continue on Oneroa Road you will join the main highway again.

Wainui Beach Motel: 100m to sand & surf. Subtropical tranquil garden setting. Ph 0800 923 224 Email: or Website (see advert below)

Once back on the Pacific Coast Highway it is a short drive into GISBORNE. Just before crossing the bridge into the CBD a left turn onto The Esplanade will take you to the Inner Harbour and the Gisborne Wine Centre for all your Regional Wine Information, Wine Tasting, Wine Bar & Café. 9 tidy 1 & 2 bedroom self contained units set in sub-tropical gardens. 100m to sand and surf of Wainui Beach. Free WIFI and SKY TV. Pool and play area for kids.

34 Wairere Road Wainui Beach Gisborne ph. 0800 923 224 or 06 868 5882 email:


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Welcome to Gisborne


For detailed info on Gisborne attractions, see the brochure The Official Visitor Guide - OUT EAST or visit Gisborne i-Site Visitor Information Centre: 209 Grey Street, Gisborne. Ph 06 868-6139. Fax 06 868-6138. Open 7 days. 18 hole mini golf course. Bookings taken for accommodation, travel & tourist activities. Email: Internet:


his city of some 30,000 inhabitants is situated on the fertile plains of Poverty Bay and enjoys a pleasant sunny climate. Due to its close proximity to the International Date Line, this is the most easterly city in the world, and is the first on which the sun rises. Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall at Kaiti Beach in 1769 and it is here that New Zealand’s European history began. The Maori name “Tairawhiti”, which means “the coast where the sun shines across the water” is more appropriate for the region, but disillusioned by his violent contact with the local Maori and inability to take on board refreshments, Captain Cook called the area Poverty Bay. A granite memorial marks the spot of the landing. Make your way up to the Kaiti Hill Lookout for a birds eye view of Gisborne and the surrounds. There is a statue of Captain Cook at the mouth of the Turanganui River near Waikanae Beach and also one of Nicholas Young, the cabin boy who first saw land. Across the bay are visible the white cliffs that now bear his name, Young Nicks Head.


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Dive Tatapouri: Reef Ecology Tour. Shark Cage Diving. Ph 06-868 5153 (see ad page 53)

East Coast Museum of Technology: 69 Main Road, Makaraka. Open Daily 10 to 4pm. Encapsulating the history of the Gisborne Area – an essential place to visit.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum: 2392 Wharekopae Road. Ph 06 863 9003 Open Daily. Spectacular scenery, Walks, Guided Tours. See advert Pg 58

Gisborne Farmers Market: Every Saturday morning. 9.30am-12.30pm. Army Hall Carpark, Fitzherbert Street. (from Town Centre over Peel St. Bridge).

Gisborne i-Site Visitor Info Centre: 209 Grey St. 18 hole Mini Golf Course (see page 54)

Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex: Open daily from 6am-8pm, 50m heated indoor pool, outdoor recreation pools, hot pools, toddlers pool, playground, BBQ areas, pool shop. Ph 06-867 6220

Gisborne Wine Centre: Open 7 days. Wine Bar, Café, Wine Tasting. On the Inner Harbour. Close to the CBD. Ph 06 867 4085 - See advert above.

Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks: 658 Makaretu Rd, Otoko, Ph: 06-867 8452. (see page 36)

Ministry of Primary Industries: For Fishing regulations go to (see advert page 65)

Rere Falls & Rere Rock Slide: (see page 58)

The Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery More than just a museum! Reputedly the best & most innovative regional museum / gallery in N.Z. Situated on Kelvin Park alongside the river. Go over the Peel St. Bridge, turn left onto Stout St. Exhibit Cafe In the museum building. Relax with a coffee & snack in restful surrounds overlooking river and Park. See advert below.

Walk Gisborne's - unguided or guided 3 day adventure. Spectacular farm/coastal scenery. Great accommodation, delicious meals, award winning wines. Ph. 06 8676114

Wrights Vineyard & Winery: 232 Ormond Valley Road. Ph 06-862 5335 (see page 36)

Mon. - Sat. 10am-4pm Sun. 1.30pm-4pm Stout Street * Gisborne 06 8673832

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• 40 hectares of country in the city • set amongst 100-year old trees • 5 minutes from CBD • handy to beaches and wineries • beside golf course/driving range Email: • Ph/fax 06 867 5299 •

Gisborne Accommodation Motels

Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge: 784 Gladstone Rd. Ph 06-863 2464. Fax 06-863 2465 Freephone 0800-222 550. 14 ground floor studio & family units. Spa baths, wireless internet, SKY digital, full kitchens, breakfast available.

BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge: 671 Gladstone Rd,15 comfortable, quiet ground floor units, King size spa bath & mobility units avail. Sky TV, wireless internet. Reservations 0800 67 2000.

Portside Hotel, Gisborne: 2 Reads Quay, Gisborne. Ph 06-869 1000 Fax: 06-869 1020 Toll Free: 0800 767 874. Located on the water’s edge in Gisborne’s CBD. The hotel offers 58 guest rooms (studios) and 1 & 2 bedroom suites. All have full kitchens and bathrooms. Tariff: $140 - $420.

Senator Motor Inn: Every spacious self-contained unit has a view over the Inner Harbour Marina. Ph 0800 273 628. See advert Page 57

TEAL Motor Lodge: 479 Gladstone Road. Reservations 0800 83-83-25. “Luxurious accommodation set in peaceful spacious grounds” Within 500m of city centre. 20 ground floor units. Some with spa baths, most with full kitchen. High speed internet, liquor on-licence, queen size beds, complimentary gym membership, playground, large salt-water swimming pool.

The Gisborne Motel: 509 Gladstone Road. Ph 06-868 8899, Fax 06-867 7652. 12 ground floor fully equiped units. Serviced daily. Laundry facillities. Close to all amenities. Pets OK. Hosts: Stephen and Glenda Priestley.

Tudor Park Motel: Follow the Hospital signs to 386 Ormond Rd. Freephone 0800 88 2001. Full kitchens, free wireless internet, Queen/King beds, swimming and spa pool, games room, laundry. Adjacent to hospital/shops/park & tavern. $99 (single) - $149.

Wainui Beach Motel: Ph 0800 923 224. (see page 53)

Whispering Sands Beach Front Motel: Wireless Internet, liquor on licence, Our amenities ensure total relaxation & comfort. Ph 0800 40 50 30 See advert below.

White Heron Motor Lodge: 474 Gladstone Road. Reservations 0800 99 77 66,, “The place to stay in Gisborne for business or pleasure” Within 500m of city centre, 24 luxurious ground floor units, most with king-size corner spa baths. Conference/display room. Mini bars, queen size beds. Guests enjoy complimentary gym membership & a free round of golf.

Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel Absolute beachfront on beautiful Waikanae Beach with stunning views over Poverty Bay to Young Nicks Head. Sun, surf & sand relax with the sound of the sea.


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Gisborne YHA Backpackers: 32 Harris St. Cosy and comfortable, spacious grounds. 500m to Harbour, Cafes. Ph. 06-867 3269.

Gisborne Showgrounds Park Motor Camp: 20 Main Rd, Makaraka. Ph/fax 06-867 5299 Email: (see advert page 56)

Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks: Ph 06-867 8452 (see advert page 36)

Tatapouri Camping Ground: Great camping at reasonable rates. Friendly family run camp, cosy cabins. Awesome reef experience, a place to enjoy the great outdoors. (see advert page 53)

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Gisborne Café’s, Restaurant, Takeaways & Bars

Exhibit Café at Tairawhiti Museum: 10 Stout St. Ph 06-867 3832 Peaceful, relaxing location within the Tairawhiti Museum. Relax with coffee & snack overlooking river and Kelvin Park.

Gisborne Wine Centre: Shed 3, 50 The Esplanade. On the Inner Harbour. Close to the CBD Open 7 days. Café, Wine Bar, Regional Wine Information. Ph 06 867 4085. See ad pg 55

Roseland Tavern: Great family meals & takeaways, Garden Bar, BBQ, Bottle Store. 108 Main Rd, Makaraka. Ph 06-867 8315. (see advert below)

Roseland Tavern

Great family meals & takeaways • Large range of beer, wine and spirits New big projector screen • Bottle store • Spacious garden bar • BBQ 108 Main Road, Makaraka, Gisborne | Phone: 06-867 8315 | Fax: 06-867 8310 Email: | Website:


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Gisborne - Wairoa - Mahia - Waikaremoana via Pacific Coast Highway (S.H.2 & S.H.38) Kilometres from GISBORNE Kilometres from WAIROA

Travel north from Gisborne along Gladstone Road. Just after the Gisborne Park Golf Course you will find the Showgrounds Park Motor Camp.

Showgrounds Park Motor Camp: 20 Main Rd, Makaraka. Ph/fax 06-867 5299 Email: (see advert page 56)

5km Makaraka 94km At the intersection with SH2 you will find Roseland Tavern at 108 Main Road, Ph 06-867 8315. See advert Pg 57. Veer left onto SH2 where you will pass through the Poverty Bay flats. The opening of the Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme in 1973 which protects 9,000 hectares has enabled the productive plains to belie their name, and produce excellent wine and horticultural crops. Roseland Tavern: 108 Main Rd. Makaraka. Ph 06-867 8315 Great family meals

& takeaways, Garden Bar, BBQ. Bottle Store. (see advert page 57)

8km Matawhero 91km This area is rich in Early-European history and a nearby farm was started in 1839. Originally a school building, the Matawhero Historic Church was built in the 1860's. Matawhero is also the site of an infamous incident during the Maori Wars in 1868, when the warrior Te Kooti & his followers attacked the settlement, resulting in 54 deaths. Eastwoodhill is the national arboretum and home to the largest collection of northern hemisphere trees in the southern hemisphere. We offer accommodation and event venue options as well as birdwatching, walking, guided tours and great corporate events. Check out our website for bookings and more info.

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EASTWOODHILL ARBORETUM, RERE FALLS & RERE ROCK SLIDE SIDE TRIP By turning right at the roundabout onto Wharekopae Road, you are heading towards, Eastwoodhill Arboretum (25kms) & the picturesque Rere Falls (40kms), picnic area & swimming hole, & a bit past the falls is the Rere Rock Slide. This 60 metre natural waterslide is suitable for most age groups, but it is recommended you wear a wetsuit or use a boogie board or inner tube.


Rere Falls on a gorgeous winter's day – Barbara Collett

13.5km Manutuke 85.5km Soon after turning left at the roundabout you will pass a side road leading to the village of Manutuke, the site of several interesting Maori marae. Te Poho o Rukupo is one of the oldest meeting houses in Poverty Bay, while Toko Toru Tapu, an Anglican church and the house Te Mana o Turanga on the Whakato Marae both have wonderful carvings. Please remember that marae are pr ivate property, if you are lucky you may find a friendly local to show you around.

Therapeutic Mineral Hot Springs set in Lush Rain Forest. Bush Walks, BBQ’s, Coffee, Food & Crafts P: (06) 837 8856 E: Kilometres from GISBORNE Kilometres from WAIROA

Young Nicks Head As you travel south you will look over the Wherowhero Estuary towards this striking peninsula, named after the surgeon's boy, Nicholas Young who spotted it from the masthead of Cook's Endeavour on 6th October 1769. After Muriwai the road leaves the plains behind & starts climbing through rolling sheep farms, forestry plantations of Pinus Radiata, and then the Wharerata Hill Scenic Reserve. The rest area at the summit of the hill (488m) provides magnificent views of Young Nicks Head and Poverty Bay towards Gisborne.

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Come & Enjoy the Morere Experience

58km Morere 48km Set in 364 hectares of native bush, one of the last remaining tracts of lowland rainforest on the east coast of New Zealand, the Morere Hot Springs provide modern bathing and spa facilities in a beautiful natural environment and a great wilderness experience on the walking tracks, ranging from easy 20 minute walks, to challenging 2 and 3 hour hikes. The Morere Hot Springs Scenic Reserve is best known for its stands of nikau palms, but high rainfall, a mild climate and fertile mudstone soils have created an environment for a notable area of rain forest. Undoubtedly used by local Maori for some time, the discovery of the hot springs by Europeans in 1884 saw a primitive hotel open in 1897, this was expanded in 1913 into an international spa resort with gardens, bowling greens & tennis courts. The old hotel was destroyed by fire in 1994. Today, Morere is a popular day out for local people and a good base when exploring the surrounding area.

Morere Tearooms and Holiday Park: Sheltered campground set amongst stream, lots of trees and birds - all facilities. Email:

Tearooms: home bakery, great pies, excellent coffee. Breakfast, lunch and meals. Large group catering welcome. Open 7 days. Ph 06-837 8792

Morere Hot Springs: Therapeutic Mineral Hot Springs. Open 7 days from 10am. Accommodation available. Ph 06-837 8856. (See advert above).

67km Nuhaka 32km The hub of community life in the small rural village of Nuhaka are the marae, in particular the magnificent Kahungunu Marae with its elaborately carved meeting house (Ph 06-837 8539). The rich agricultural lands of the Nuhaka river flats, surrounded on three sides by a bowl of protective hills, exist in a natural microclimate, less prone to frosts than the surrounding districts, and are an ideal setting for continued and varied horticultural development.

Bremdale Farm & Garden: Organic Produce Sales. Garden Tours with food organised. Wellness Practitioner. Ragdoll kittens available. ph for app. 06-8378 729. See advert below.

Steeds Convenience Store: General Store, gifts, Liquor Off-licence, postal agency, phone cards, ice & bait. Something for Everyone. Ph 06-837 8717 Trevor.

Bremdale Farm & Garden A veritable ‘Garden of Eden’ - As seen on TV. End of Wai Street, Nuhaka Ecotourism • Certified Organic Produce Sales • Eden-Care Wellness Practioner Summer-Time Backpackers Accommodation • Garden Bus Tours with food organised. Ragdoll Kittens for sale. P: 06 8378 729 for appointment • E:


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Self-Contained Unit Mahanga Beach • Mahia Peninsula Bed & Breakfast Tel: (06) 837 5898 • Email:

Mahia Peninsula Side Trip Turn left at Nuhaka, then on the left you will find Wai St and Bremdale Farm & Garden, follow the coastal road to the magnificent Mahia Peninsula. With its spectacular scenery, golden beaches and great fishing, diving and surfing, Mahia is known as a coastal mecca. 7km (from Nuhaka) - Blacks Beach A famous right-hand surfing break, which is well worth a stop when the swell is up. 10km (from Nuhaka) - Opoutama Lookout Great views of the peninsula as you look over Opoutama beach towards Mahia Beach village. The peninsula was once an island but sand accumulation has formed New Zealand's largest tombolo landform. There was extensive whaling at nearby Waikokopu in the 1830's with the distinct fish-hook shape of the isthmus being a natural trap for whales, the uncontrolled plunder meant the industry was short-lived. Just after the Opoutama Village, continue straight ahead towards Mahanga Beach to find Reomoana and a few more kilometres on The Quarters. Reomoana – The Voice of The Sea: Ocean Front Farm Accommodation Self Contained Unit. Ph 06 837 5898. See advert above. The Quarters: Beauty, wilderness, serenity on Te Au Farm. Ph 06 837 5751. See advert below

Relaxing Stunning Views Exceptional World Class Accommodation ph: 06 837 5751 | e: Mahanga Beach | Mahia Peninsula 17km (from Nuhaka) - Mahia Beach Here you will find the main settlement on the peninsula, there is a lovely beach and general store, fishing and diving charters are available. At 7km south of the village on Kinikini Rd is the Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve, with a 3.5km loop walk through coastal forest, including a picnic area & lookout. The unique position of the peninsula means it gathers swells from many directions and it is becoming internationally famous as a surfing location. Mahia Beach Motels & Holiday Park: Moana Drive, Ph 06-837 5830 Accommodation for all budgets. Powered & non powered sites. Seashore B&B: Seashore B&B: 182 Newcastle St. Taylors Bay. Absolute beachfront, modern purpose built quality accommodation. Private guest wing -Lounge with Sky TV- Kayaks available. Ph 06-837 5525. Email: Website:

Travelling east from Mahia Beach you will come to a junction, turning left will take you to the safe sandy beach at Mahanga, where you will find Reomoana and The Quarters. Taking a right as you leave Mahia Beach will take your around the peninsula to Oraka and Mahia. Retrace your steps back to Nuhaka to continue south to Wairoa.


85km Whakaki Lake 14km This 1500 acre body of water is owned and managed by the Whakaki Lake Trust, who are dedicated to the protection & enhancement of the wetland environment. It is the largest of a network of wetlands that stretch along the 35km coast from Nuhaka to Wairoa. In pre-European times there were a number of Maori villages strategically placed along this coastline to take advantage of the bounty of food from the sea and wetland sources.


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A warm welcome to all affiliated members and guests CLUB open 7 days TAB • BIG SCREEN • DARTS • GOLF • INDOOR/OUTDOOR BOWLS FISHING • SNOOKER & 8 BALL • OVER 60’s • SKY TELEVISION GAMING MACHINES • COURTESY COACH • NEW GARDEN BAR RESTAURANT Thurs to Sun evenings • Cnr Marine Parade & Paul St, Wairoa Phone/Fax 06 838 7414 Email: - A STEP ABOVE THE REST

Welcome to Wairoa

For detailed information on Wairoa attractions and events, visit or call in to the Wairoa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre (cnr Queen Street and SH2) for accommodation, bus and ferry bookings, DOC passes, Fish and Game licences, internet access and plenty more. Phone: 06-838 7440. Email: Kilometres from Gisborne Kilometres from Wairoa

99km 0km Near the mouth of the mighty Wairoa River is the urban centre of a district that offers something for everyone. From latte-lovers to rugged adventurers, Wairoa provides the kind of experiences that have people returning for more. A rich culture and heritage have been harnessed and displayed to great effect against a backdrop of natural beauty that rivals any in New Zealand. Inland on SH38 lies the iconic Lake Waikaremoana – the jewel of Te Urewera National Park and one of the special places in New Zealand that remains splendidly isolated. Back on SH2, the township of Wairoa acts as a vital hub for this vast district. Visitors have a choice of accommodation and eateries, as well as numerous retail outlets that make this more than just a service town. Take a walk on the path that runs from the iconic lighthouse to historic Pilot Hill, swim at the indoor pool facility near the bridge, or call into the museum on the main street. For more ideas on what to do, see the staff at the excellent information centre. Several events are held throughout the year, including the Maori Film Festival, A&P Show, and the Genesis Energy Lake Challenge multisport event. Everything that takes place in the district is flavoured by the strong cultural influence of the Ngati Kahungunu and Tuhoe heritage that dominate. Spend some time here – you won’t be disappointed.


Café 287 & Accommodation: 3 Km South of Wairoa on SH 2. Licensed. Peaceful. Ph: 06-838-6601 E: W:

Vista Motor Lodge: 27 Spacious Units. Licencsed Restaurant. Full A La Carte Dining. Main Rd Location. State Highway 2. Ph 06 838 8279. email

Wairoa Club Inc: Club Open 7 days. A warm welcome to all affiliated members and guests. Restaurant Thurs to Sun Evenings. Ph/Fax 06-838 7414. (See advert above)

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WHAKAMAHI RD Waikaremoana - 61km from Wairoa The road is now unsealed as it winds its way around the lake. At Waikeremoana can be found a WHAKAMAHI RD store, holiday park and boat-launching facilities. Lake Waikaremoana Motor Camp & Homebay Water Taxi and Cruises:


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Aniwaniwa – 63km from Wairoa The Department of Conservation run a Visitor Centre and museum here - Open 7days Ph.06 837 3803. A great source of local natural info including the Kiwi Recovery Project and displays about the Tuhoe and Ruapani Maori tribes and charismatic Prophet Rua Kenana who built a settlement at nearby Mangapohatu. Continue North for 66kms to link up with major routes to the central North Island. Return to Wairoa and continue south on the Pacific Coast Highway.


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Nil 118km The trip from Wairoa to Napier has several side trips available & is part of the Napier to Wairoa Heritage Trail. See the Heritage Trails – Napier to Wairoa brochure, available at Wairoa & Napier i-Sites. Just 3kms out of town, call in for the night or meal at Café 287 & Accommodation. 12km Ohinepaka 106km From here you can take a detour via the unsealed Cricklewood Road & Putere Road, which takes you past Putere Lakes, Waiau River & the Waihi Hydro Scheme, & scenic reserve before rejoining SH2 at Raupaunga. 20km Waihua Turn off 98km Travel 1 km off SH2 to Waihua Beach where you will find great picnic & fishing spots. 28km Mohaka Turn off 90km Just 5km from SH2 & steeped in history, featuring Rongo Mai Wahine, a uniquely constructed round hall built in 1885 of pit sawn timber stands beside the meeting house Te Kahi o te Rangi. The meeting house entrance is flanked by an impressive pair of whale jawbones. 35km Raupaunga 83km Raupaunga is a small settlement on the highway with an interesting Marae & is a starting point for a detour on unsealed roads back to Wairoa that includes Putere Lakes, Waiau River & the Waihi Hydro Scheme & scenic reserve. 38km Mohaka Bridge 80km Here this is a picnic area with a view of the spectacular Mohaka Railway Viaduct which was opened in 1937 & is constructed of steel & is 96 metres above river level with a span of 278 metres. 48km Kotemaori A small settlement. 70km 58km Putorino 60km This is the midway point between Wairoa & Napier. It has a large sports complex and the Waikare Hotel with its friendly country service, has an interesting display of old photographs. 74km Tutira 43km Delightful little settlement. A good base for scenic walks, fishing & picnicking. 86km Tangoio Road 32km Take a left here, travel 6.5kms and take another left onto Waipatiki Road, a further 5.5kms along you will find Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park.

Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park: Ph 06-836 6075 A unique and stunning coastal rural location. Camp Sites & Accommodation.

101km Whirinaki 17km Whirinaki is a beach settlement offering good beach fishing, but is not suitable for swimming. On the right is the Whirinaki Gas Turbine Power Station which was originally commissioned in 1978. Just prior to the Power Station is the entrance to the Ken Ross Reserve, this hour long walk is well worth the effort. 105km State Highway 5 turn off to Taupo via the Thermal Explorer Highway 118km


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As you come into Napier you pass the Airport, once past the Airport, take the road to the left – signposted to the City Centre. The 2nd motel on the left is Albatross Motel. Albatross Motel: 56 Meeanee Quay. 35 4 Star Units, SKY Guest Select 50+ Channels,


Spa, Pool, Free WiFi, FLYBUYS. Ph 0800 252 287. Website

Napier is a neat city, popular with vacationing New Zealanders because of the pleasant & wonderful beaches. Napier is known as the Art Deco city & is maintaining that title these days mainly because of the work of the Art Deco Trust. The buildings in this city have undergone massive reconstruction since the earthquake of 1931 which almost levelled the city. The rapid rebuilding which occurred in the following few years after the earthquake saw the rise of the Art Deco city, was influenced by the art of that time. Other tourist attractions include Marineland, the Hawkes Bay Aquarium & a Kiwi House (where you can actually touch a kiwi!). Napier is also famous for the wide variety of water sports including water skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing etc.

BRIDGE STREET, OPOTIKI Gordon Nelson - Phone 07-315 6603 • Fax 07-315 5040 021 945 419 or 0274 945 419 • Email 24 HOUR TOWING AND SALVAGE

Emergency Services Ambulance 111 Fire 111 POLICE 111


Opotiki Dr Mark Haywood 07-315 7900 Dr Peter Conolly 07-315 6126 Dr J Scott-Jones 07-315 6307 Gisborne refer i site or telephone directory Wairoa refer i site or telephone directory


07-315 8500 06-869 0500 06-838 7099


Opotiki East Cape/Tolaga Bay Gisborne Wairoa/Hawke's Bay


07-315 6051 06-862 6421 06-867 1027 06-834 1345

or or or or

111 111 111 111


District Council 07-315 3030 A/H 07-315 6770 District Council 06-867 2049 District Council 06-838 7309


111 or Police Stations Opotiki 07-315 1110 Gisborne Refer telephone directory Wairoa Refer telephone directory

DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION (DOC) Opotiki 07-315 1001 Gisborne 06-869 0460 Wairoa (Aniwaniwa) 06-837 3803 Ministry for Primary Industries Manatu Ahu Matua


Em erg enc y s ervic e s


Opotiki Kerry Nott Pharmacy 07-315 6240 Opotiki Pharmacy 07-315 6250 Gisborne refer i site or telephone directory Wairoa Ray Lyall Pharmacy 06-838 7244 Wairoa Pharmacy 06-838 7408


Opotiki Gisborne Wairoa


Opotiki Gisborne Wairoa

P Owen 07-315 6214 refer i site or telephone directory RG Forbes 06-838 7144 07-315 8474 06-867 9405 or 06-868 5151 06-838 4053 or 06-838 6099

AREC - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Opotiki Gisborne Wairoa 0800 4 POACHER


Jim Jones 07-315 7076 Alan Mackintosh 06-868 6267 refer i site or telephone directory

BE INFORMED Gisborne Head Office 142 Peel Street Gisborne Ph 06-869 0870 Whakatane Office 23 Gateway West

Contact these offices for your fishing regulations Obtain & Learn Fishing Regulations. Ignorance is No Excuse.


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Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st

Oct-12 Nov-12 Dec-12 Jan-13 AM PM AM PM AM PM AM PM 9:08 2:51 10.05 10.18 10:19 10:30 11:10 11:25 9:51 10:07 10.44 10.56 10:57 11:09 11:49 10:32 10:47 11.22 11.35 11:35 11:48 12:06 12:30 11:11 11:26 12.01 12:14 12:50 1:12 11:50 12.14 12.40 12:29 12:55 1:37 1:59 12:05 12:30 12.55 1.23 1:13 1:38 2:29 2:49 12:45 1:12 1.40 2.09 2:01 2:25 3:26 3:44 1:27 1:56 2.30 2.58 2:53 3:17 4:29 4:44 2:13 2:45 3.24 3.51 3:52 4:12 5:33 5:47 3:04 3:37 4.23 4.47 4:53 5:10 6:36 6:50 4:00 4:32 5.23 5.43 5:55 6:10 7:36 7:52 4:58 5:26 6.23 6.39 6:56 7:10 8:33 8:51 5:57 6:20 7.20 7.35 7:55 8:09 9:27 9:46 6:53 7:12 8.15 8.30 8:51 9:07 10:20 10:39 7:46 8:04 9.09 9.25 9:45 10:03 11:10 11:30 8:38 8:55 10.03 10.19 10:38 10:57 11:59 9:30 9:46 10.56 11.14 11:31 11:50 12:20 12:47 10:21 10:38 11.49 12:23 1:09 1:35 11:13 11:30 12.08 12.43 12:43 1:14 1:59 2:22 12:06 1.03 1.37 1:36 2:05 2:49 3:09 12:24 1:00 1.59 2.32 2:30 2:56 3:42 3:58 1:20 1:57 2.57 3.27 3:24 3:47 4:36 4:49 2:18 2:55 3.55 4.22 4:20 4:39 5:30 5:42 3:18 3:54 4.54 5.16 5:16 5:30 6:23 6:34 4:20 4:52 5.50 6.07 6:10 6:21 7:13 7:24 5:20 5:47 6.43 6.56 7:00 7:10 7:59 8:12 6:18 6:40 7.32 7.43 7:47 7:57 8:43 8:57 7:11 7:28 8.17 8.27 8:31 8:41 9:24 9:40 7:59 8:14 8.59 9.10 9:13 9:24 10:04 10:21 8:44 8:57 9.40 9.50 9:53 10:05 10:44 11:03 9:26 9:38 10:32 10:45 11:25 11:45

Feb-13 PM 12:07 12:30 12:51 1:18 1:38 2:10 2:29 3:08 3:25 4:10 4:26 5:14 5:31 6:18 6:35 7:18 7:37 8:14 8:35 9:08 9:29 9:58 10:20 10:47 11:08 11:33 11:54 12:18 12:40 1:02 1:26 1:46 2:12 2:31 3:01 3:17 3:53 4:08 4:47 5:01 5:41 5:56 6:33 6:49 7:21 7:39 8:07 8:27 8:51 9:12 9:34 9:56 10:17 10:40 AM

Mar-13 Apr-13 AM PM AM PM 11:00 11:26 12:15 11:45 12:48 1:08 12:12 12:32 1:43 2:03 1:02 1:21 2:41 3:02 1:56 2:14 3:41 4:03 2:54 3:12 4:42 5:06 3:55 4:14 4:41 5:07 4:58 5:18 5:37 6:05 6:00 6:22 6:31 6:59 6:59 7:22 7:21 7:48 7:54 8:18 8:08 8:34 8:46 9:10 8:53 9:18 9:34 9:58 9:35 9:59 10:21 10:43 10:17 10:40 11:05 11:27 10:57 11:21 11:48 11:38 12:02 12:10 12:29 12:19 12:52 1:11 12:46 1:04 1:36 1:53 1:32 1:51 2:22 2:39 2:21 2:43 3:11 3:28 3:12 3:38 4:03 4:21 4:04 4:34 4:56 5:17 4:56 5:29 5:49 6:12 5:48 6:23 6:39 7:05 6:40 7:14 7:28 7:55 7:31 8:05 8:15 8:43 8:22 8:56 9:02 9:31 9:14 9:48 9:49 10:18 10:06 10:40 10:36 11:06 11:00 11:34 11:25 11:56

May-13 AM PM 11:55 12:30 12:51 1:26 1:50 2:24 2:30 3:22 3:50 4:18 4:49 5:12 5:44 6:04 6:36 6:53 7:24 7:39 8:09 8:24 8:51 9:06 9:32 9:47 10:12 10:27 10:52 11:07 11:32 11:48 12:13 12:31 12:56 1:18 1:42 2:08 2:31 3:02 3:23 3:58 4:17 4:56 5:11 5:52 6:07 6:48 7:02 7:42 7:58 8:36 8:53 9:29 9:49 10:23 10:44 11:17 11:39 12:12 12:35

Jun-13 AM PM 1:07 1:32 2:02 2:30 2:57 3:28 3:51 4:25 4:44 5:19 5:35 6:10 6:24 6:58 7:10 7:42 7:55 8:24 8:38 9:05 9:19 9:45 9:59 10:23 10:39 11:02 11:20 11:42 12:02 12:24 12:47 1:08 1:36 1:56 2:29 2:48 3:27 3:43 4:26 4:40 5:26 5:40 6:24 6:39 7:21 7:38 8:16 8:35 9:11 9:31 10:04 10:26 10:58 11:20 11:50 12:14 12:43 1:09

Jul-13 AM PM 1:35 2:04 2:27 3:00 3:20 3:55 4:12 4:49 5:03 5:41 5:53 6:29 6:41 7:14 7:26 7:56 8:10 8:37 8:52 9:16 9:32 9:55 10:12 10:34 10:53 11:13 11:34 11:54 12:19 12:38 1:08 1:26 2:02 2:18 3:00 3:16 4:02 4:16 5:04 5:19 6:04 6:21 7:02 7:21 7:57 8:18 8:51 9:13 9:43 10:06 10:34 10:58 11:25 11:49 12:14 12:41 1:04 1:33 1:54 2:26

Aug-13 AM PM 2:44 3:21 3:36 4:15 4:28 5:07 5:20 5:56 6:10 6:42 6:57 7:26 7:42 8:07 8:24 8:46 9:05 9:26 9:46 10:05 10:27 10:45 11:10 11:27 11:55 12:13 12:45 1:02 1:40 1:56 2:39 2:56 3:42 3:59 4:45 5:04 5:46 6:06 6:43 7:05 7:38 8:01 8:30 8:54 9:20 9:44 10:09 10:33 10:56 11:21 11:43 12:09 12:30 12:58 1:17 1:48 2:06 2:41 2:57 3:35

Sep-13 AM PM 3:51 4:28 4:45 5:18 5:37 6:06 6:26 6:51 7:12 7:33 7:56 8:14 8:38 8:55 9:20 9:37 10:03 10:20 10:48 11:04 11:35 11:52 12:27 12:44 1:23 1:40 2:23 2:42 3:26 3:46 4:28 4:51 5:27 5:52 6:24 6:50 7:17 7:43 8:07 8:34 8:55 9:21 9:42 10:07 10:27 10:52 11:11 11:36 11:54 12:22 12:39 1:09 1:26 1:58 2:16 3:50 4:10 4:43

For Ohiwa deduct 46 mins – Te Kaha deduct 53 mins – Waihau Bay deduct 1 hour –East Cape & Hicks Bay deduct 1hr 8 mins – Tolaga Bay deduct 1 hr 27 mins


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