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Introduction Island Tours Whakatane Ohope Pacific Coast Highway to Opotiki Welcome to Opotiki Opotiki Township Map

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Opotiki Cafes, Accommodation, Activities, Grocers


Motu Trails Opotiki Business Directory What To Do While In Opotiki A Brief History

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INFORMATION CENTRES WHAKATANE........................ Ph 07-306 2030 OPOTIKI...............................Ph 07-315 3031 TE PUIA SPRINGS................Ph 06-864 6853 GISBORNE..........................Ph 06-868 6139 WAIROA.............................. Ph 06-838 7440 Napier...............................Ph 06-834 1911

Opotiki to Gisborne via Waioeka Gorge


Opotiki to Gisborne via Pacific Coast Highway


Gisborne Gisborne to Wairoa Wairoa Waikaremoana Wairoa to Napier Events Diary Emergency Services Opotiki High Tides Opotiki District Map

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ia Ora and Haere Mai. We hope you enjoy this Guide. The Pacific Coast Highway Guide is now in the 55th year of publishing. Over this time, with constant improvements it has become the most respected and comprehensive source of information covering the East Coast, an invaluable tool for any tourist travelling in this region. For sheer natural beauty, magnificent scenery and many places of historical significance the Opotiki and East Coast District is unparalleled anywhere in New Zealand. Welcome to the Eastland section of the Pacific Coast Highway, you are now officially “off-thebeaten-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.


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Club Talk Fishing Charters •

“Fishing from White Island to Ranfurly Bank”

Kingfish, Marlin, Broadbill, Blue Nose, Hapuka, Snapper, Tarakihi...... Fly Fishing - Fresh & Salt water available!

We can tailor a trip to suit your needs! Phone Mick or Jock:

07 315 5463 / 027 505 3071 Whakatane, Opotiki & Waihau Bay


White Island – Whakaari

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.

Whale Island – Moutohora

hale Island (Moutohora) situated 9kms from Whakatane is a wildlife sanctuary run by Department of Conservation in conjunction with Ngati Awa. Living on the Island are native kiwi, kakariki, Saddle-back, Tui - even cheeky Fantails greet you on the walking tracks. See if you can spot a gecko or skink! The Island is covered in Pohutukawa and other native plant life. Makes a perfect place for the Bird Enthusiasts, photographer, tourist or a learning experience for your children. Landing on the Island is prohibited by DOC but there are two companies that take guided walking tours including Whale Island Tours (see advert below). Expect quarantine inspections prior to departure. The surrounding area is abundant in fish life making it a wonderful area to fish and dive.

Whale Island – Kahuroa.

Join our guided tour to Moutohora (Whale) Island. Your adventure first includes a boat trip around this beautiful island then land for a scenic walk. Learn about the island’s history and wild life which includes Kiwi, Petrels, Dotterel, Saddlebacks and Moutohora Island Sanctuary • Whakatane other forest birds as well as lizards and fur seals. P 07-308 2001 Freephone 0800 354 7737 E W


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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. Ph 0800 830 130. Club Talk Fishing Charters: Fishing from White Island to Ranfurly Bank. Ph Mick or Jock. 07 315 5463 or 027 505 3071. See ad Pg 2. Cortez Motel: 55 Landing Rd. 15 Family & Studio Units. BBQ area. Free WiFi. SKY TV. Swimming Pool. Ph 0800-500 877 E: cortez@cortezmotorinn. W: Whale Island Tours & Diveworks Charters: Boat Trips, Scenic Walks, Fishing & Dive Trips. Ph Phil or Steph on 0800 354 7737. See advert page 3. White Island Rendezvous: Quality motel accommodation opposite the picturesque Whakatane Wharf. Ph 0800 733 529. (see White Island Tours advert page 3) White Island Tours: Explore an Active Volcano – 6 hour Marine Adventure Ph 0800 733 529 – see advert Page 3 Our Local Directory online. Accommodation, Activities, Food & Drink, Shops, Services, Essential Information.

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. Whakatane to Opotiki via Ohope Beach and Ohiwa Harbour Nil 50km on the Pacific Coast Highway 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.


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Welcome to Ohope Beach


Ohope is a world renowned holiday spot that 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 and Oceanspray Homestay (see adverts below), and a small shopping area where you will find the Ohope Autos workshop.      

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


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Qualmark Rated

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

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

Ohope Autos: 65 Pohutukawa Ave. Ph 07-312 4897 or 07-312 4608 Vehicle & Motorcycle WOF. Full Mechanical Repairs.

Oceanspray Homestay, Ohope Beach: Quality beachside 3 bdrm self contained apartment. 283a Pohutukawa Ave, Ohope. Ph 07-312 4112 or 027 286 6824. E: W:

Harbour Road The Pacific Coast Highway turns inland at the junction with Harbour Road. This sandspit is the western arm of the Ohiwa Harbour, there is beach and harbour access, a wharf and boat launching. 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. Kayak Hire is available, give Kenny at KG Kayaks a call on 027 272 4073 or www 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 22). 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 33. The road continues along the edge of the harbour where you will come across 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.

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. 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. KG Kayaks: Hires and Guided Tours, Phone 027 2724 073 Check us out on Trip Advisor or Facebook. For all age groups!


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Absolute Beachfront Camping & Accommodation OHIWA BEACH HOLIDAY PARK

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

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Travelling eastwards still with the harbour on your left, Ruatuna Road, just 2 kilometres on, 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 34). A wharf, the Ferry Hotel, Post Office and school once existed near where the present channel now runs. The Ohiwa Spit, Whangakopikopiko Island and Ohiwa Beach, are major breeding grounds for shorebirds, including the endangered NZ Dotterel, Variable Oystercatchers, White Fronted Terns and Black Billed Gulls. The Eastern Bar tailed Godwits arrive from their breeding ground in Alaska in September and return in April each year. There are over 60 birds which live and breed around the Ohiwa Harbour. The new edition of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Birds booklet is available from campgrounds and I-sites. Snapper and Kahawai can be caught at the harbour entrance channel as well as the ocean beach. On the way to the Ohiwa Spit you will find Fantail Cottage and Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park. A right turn at the Reeves Road and Ohiwa Harbour Road intersection, leads over the hill to rejoin the Pacific Coast Highway.

Fantail Cottage: 336 Ohiwa Harbour Rd, BnB Homestay & classic bach accommodation, spa pool & kayaks. ph 07 315 4981 or 022 173 3061. 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. Waiotahi Beach looking east – Troy Baker


Spectacular Views from this beautifully appointed modern private 2 bedroom self contained suite. 2 minutes walk to Waiotahi Beach. Fishing, Kayaking, Golf Equipment, Campervan parking. 65 Pohutukawa Drive, Waiotahi, Opotiki • Ph: Robynne & Allan 07 315 5144 • •

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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 6) 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.

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) you will pass the Pipi Beds, there is a rest area on the left with toilets, safe swimming and at low tide you can see the locals gathering Pipi’s (shellfish). Next is the beautiful spectacle of Waiotahi Beach, with East Cape as a backdrop. Approximately ½ a kilometre on the right you will come across Pohutakawa Drive the home of Pohutukawa Luxury Lodge.

Pohutukawa Luxury Lodge: Beautifully appointed hilltop lodge overlooking Waiotahi Beach. Ph Robynne or Allan on 07 315 5144. See advert above.

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Pohutukawa Luxury Lodge

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.


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19 Bridge Street, Opotiki. Tel 07-315 6723, Fax 07-315 6722

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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. 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 Page 7)

Island View Holiday Park: 6 Appleton Road, Waiotahi Beach. Ph 07-315 7519 As close to the beach as it gets! See advert page 7.

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 on the right – if you are keen for a round – take a right before the bridge and right again into Hukutaia Road, first right is Fromow Road where you will find the Opotiki Golf Club house. Opotiki Golf Club: Picturesque 18 hole course. Town & Sea Views.

Visitors Welcome. Club Facilities for Hire. Ph 07-315 7415. See Pg 29 for more info.

Continue to the left over the Waioeka Bridge onto Bridge Street, OPOTIKI – see Town Map Page 11. On the left is New World Supermarket. Further on t ur n lef t onto Church Street to find the OPOTIKI CBD (Central Business District) or continue on to the Stop Sign at St John Street intersection. From here it’s a right turn to Gisborne via the Waioeka Gorge (see pages 40 & 41) or a left turn will take you past The Hot Bread Shop Café and Caltex Opotiki to continue “up the coast” on the Pacific Coast Highway (see pages 42 to 58).

An Artists Impression of the proposed Opotiki Harbour Entrance development.

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



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Welcome to Opotiki

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potiki is centrally located with Rotorua and Tauranga to the north and Gisbor ne f u r ther east all within a 160km radius. Opotiki’s own mini climate and temperate weather throughout the year makes this area an outstanding place for the outdoor loving person. A superb place for a family to holiday and live. Opotiki and district provides one of the finest Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge – Photo by natural family holiday playgrounds in New Zealand. A “Sportsman’s Paradise” with all types of fishing, boating, surfing, swimming, kayaking or the extraordinary hunting and walking opportunities in our beautiful wilderness. The recent development of the fabulous “Motu Trails Cycleway” gives an added appeal providing a range of cycle skills for the novice to the experienced mountain biker as well as offering fantastic beach rides or walks. Opotiki hosts many events of national and international interest. The Motu Challenge Multi Sport event, the” Internationally acclaimed Fibre and Fleece Fashion and Craft Show”, we have a huge Charity Country Music Festival, a Silent Film Festival and a World Class Rodeo. Work is continuing on the Opotiki Harbour Entrance development, primarily to facilitate an off shore mussel farm development. This proposed Opotiki Harbour Development will unlock huge potential for sea based enterprises for Opotiki. See photo page 8.

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The following pages are packed with information on the Opotiki District including: Opotiki Town Map.................................................................. Page 11 Opotiki Business Directory..............................................Page 12 to 27 Motu Trails Information..................................................Page 19 to 21 What to Do While in Opotiki............................................Page 28 to 36 A Brief History...............................................................Page 37 to 39 Opotiki District Map....................................................... Page 73 to 74 Opotiki I-Site • 70 Bridge Street • Phone 07 315 3031

HICKEYS Opotiki 122 Church St - 07 315 6238




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:

1. Memorial Park, (Sports) Public Toilets, Motu Dunes Trail 2. Showgrounds & Rodeo yards. 3. Domain Reserve. (Rugby) 4. Wharf & Boat Ramp. 5. St. Joseph's School & Catholic Church. 6. Opotiki Holiday Park. 7. Museum, De Luxe Theatre, Masonic Hotel, TAB. 8. Hiona St. Stephen's Church, Hickeys. 9. Motu Trails Bike Hire & Bunkhouse. 10. Whakatohea Maori Trust Office. 11. Courthouse, Toilets, Library, Heritage Art Centre. Shirlie's, Hospice.

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21. Opotiki Primary School, Rose Gardens & Playground. 22. New World Supermarket. 23. Ranui Motel. 24. Magnolia Court Motel. Garden Fresh. 25. Visitor Info Centre, DOC, Public Toilets & Showers. 26. HBS Cafe, Bluemoon Four Square, Bus Depot. 27. Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge. 28. Opotiki Childrens Art House. 29. Opotiki College, Swimming Pool, Public Gymnasium, Squash Club. 30. Rubbish and Recycling. 31. Ashbrook School. 32. SPCA Kennels & Pound. 33. Opotiki Golf Club. 34. Upton Park Playground. 35. Owls Chopping Boards, Harcourts.


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Opotiki Café’s & Restaurants

Opotiki has a wide variety of eating establishments that endeavour to provide you good value as well as a pleasant dining experience whether eating in or taking away. Enjoy your meal in Opotiki

Fresh Delicious Japanese Cuisine 95 Church St, Opotiki

Ph. 07 315 5121

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~ Prepared Daily on site ~

• Meals. B.Y.O. • Takeaways • Front & Back Garden

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Arigato Mum’s Sushi: 95 Church St. BEST SUSHI IN B.O.P. 07-315 5121 Open 7 days 8am – 6pm. Meals. B.Y.O. See advert above.



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 8.

11 12 Crossroads: 116a Church St. Ph 07 315 6876 Licensed Café, Restaurant, Garden Bar. BEST PIZZAS IN TOWN & WE DELIVER. See advert below

Church Street. Next to Westpac. PHONE 315 6876 BEST PIZZAS IN TOWN & WE DELIVER.

A family business with a passion for providing great homemade food and fantastic coffee. Enjoy our beautiful garden bar and family friendly environment.

Licenced Cafe - Restaurant Pizzas and Garden Bar



Masonic Hotel Restaurant: Irish Bar, Accommodation Available. Super Liquor Wholesale. Church St. Ph 07-315 6115. See advert pg 15.



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



Hot Bread Shop Café: 43 St John St. Ph 07-315 6795. Fresh Food Baked Daily on Site. Open 7 days – 5am to 5pm. See advert below


Great Coffee • Great Food Cheerful Service. Phone: 07 315 6795 Bridge St./St. John St Cnr. OPOTIKI OPEN: 5am to 5pm - 7 DAYS 11 16 Ocean Seafoods: 90 Church St. Ph 07-315 6335. Local Seafood Specialists. Dine-In, Takeaway, Retail Seafood, Wholsealers. See advert below.


Dine-in | Takeaway

Retail Seafood | Wholesalers MUSSELS LIMITED 90 Church Street, Opotiki. Phone 07 315 6335


Barry & Sharon Howe Proprietors


GOOD PIES, GOOD MEAT, GREAT TASTE GOLD PIE AWARD WINNER Where everyone enjoys it better Ph 07-315 7960 - 114 Church St, Opotiki. Open 7 days Map Ref. Pg No.



The Bakehouse Café – UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Meals, Burgers, Chicken & Chips. Huge range of Pastries & Hot Food. Best Coffee. See advert above.



potiki RSA Club: St John St Ph 07-315 6174. Visitors welcome. O Meals. T.A.B. Large Screen TV. Gaming Lounge. See advert below.

Opotiki R.S.A. Club

St John Street. Phone 07 315 6174 Fax 07 315 5203 Email

When in Opotiki call in and enjoy our hospitality. Visitors welcome. Gaming lounge - snooker - pool - darts - TAB - Large TV screen. Meals: Wednesday - Saturday 6pm-Late. Lunch Wednesday - Friday 12pm-2pm. Hours: Mon – Fri 11am-closing. Sat – Sun 1pm-Closing 11


T wo Fish Café: Central Church Street. Ph. 07 315 5448. Trip Advisor Award Winners. "Great Food, Great Coffee, Great Company. See advert below.


Great Food, Great Coffee, Great Company Proud Sponsor of "Motu Trails" and "The Motu Challenge" Trip Advisor Award Winners

Central Church Street, Opotiki • Ph 07-315 5448

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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.



Garden Fresh: 65 Bridge St, Ph 315 7486 Specialist Fruit & Vegetables.



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.



New World: 19 Bridge St. Ph 07 315 6723 Trading Hours Mon- Sun 7am to 9pm 7 days. See advert page 8.

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Opotiki Café’s & Restaurants


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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Opotiki Accommodation

Accommodation providers in Opotiki offer a huge variety of good accommodation to suit all need and budgets. Camping | Backpackers | Cabins | Hotel | Motel | B&B

Agassiz House Opotiki Backpackers “Your home away from home” Fully Renovated, Semi Rural Villa, providing Affordable, Comfortable Accommodation 5 Matchitts Rd, Waioeka Straight, outskirts of Opotiki Phone 027 600 1124 •

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Agassiz House Opotiki Backpackers: Affordable, Comfortable Accommodation in a semi rural setting. Ph 027 600 1124 See advert above.


Bunkhouse Opotiki: 138 St John Street, Opotiki. Ph 07-315 5864. See advert below. 2 min walk to Town & Beach.



Cyclists, Sporting, School and Family Groups for up to 16 people. Bike Hire and Shuttle Service to Motu Trails. Alongside safe kayaking, paddleboard, fishing and swimming river. 2 min walk to Town Centre and Beach. Book online at or Phone 07-315 5864

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Bushaven: Assorted accommodation (38 beds) & camping alongside the pristine Te Waiti Stream, within the Urutawa Reserve. Just 15 mins ride off the Motu Road & Pakihi Track rides. Full Shuttle Service. Ph 07-929 7564. See ad pg 16.

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Capeview Cottage: Tablelands Road. Ph 07-315 7877. See advert pg 42.

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Central Oasis Backpackers: 30 King St. Ph 07-315 5165. Come home to a charming, friendly place after an exciting day out on the Motu Trails. See advert below.

30 King Street, Opotiki Ph 07 315 5165



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Dene’s Beachside: Ohiwa Beach. Ph 07-315 4085. See advert pg 7. Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge: Cnr Bridge & St John Sts. Ph 07-315 5524. See advert below.

Corner Bridge and St John Streets, Opotiki 18 Units: Includes 5 NEW – sleep 2-6 some with spa bath.


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

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.



Fantail Cottage: 336 Ohiwa Harbour Rd. Ph 07-315 4981. See advert pg 6.

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Hunters Backpackers: Cnr King & Church Sts. Free Internet. Single & Double rooms. Short or long term. or Ph 021 732 839.


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 7.


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



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 6.

Magnolia Court Motel Reservations 0800 556 246 13 modern spacious units, sleep 2-7, SKY TV, cooking facilities, WiFi. Cnr Bridge & Nelson Streets. PO Box 89, Opotiki. P: 07 315 8490. F: 07 315 5444. E: W:

Opape Motor Camp: 7 Opape Rd. “Just off the Pacific Coast Highway” Beachfront Motor Camp. Ph 07-315 8020. See advert Pg 44.



Opotiki Holiday Park: Potts Ave. Ph 07-315 6050. See advert below. Closest accommodation to start of Motu Cycle Trail.



Pohutukawa Luxury Lodge: Beautifully appointed hilltop lodge overlooking Waiotahi Beach. Ph Robynne or Allan on 07 315 5144. See advert page 7.

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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 43.

Toatoa Farmstay Accommodation: On the Motu Trails. Ph 07-315 8340. See ad page 20.

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Weka Wilds: On the Motu Trails. or 021 142 1515 See ad page 20.


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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Opotiki Activities See Pages 19 to 21 for Motu Trails Information See Pages 28 to 35 for What to Do While In Opotiki

BRIAN WILLSON FISHING GUIDE Opotiki, Eastern Bay of Plenty, NZ

Ph 0800 110 575 or 021 667 867 •

Full or Half Day - Surfcasting, Kontiki, Fly Fishing or Learn to Fish. B&B Accommodation also available. Map Ref. Pg No.



Adventure Surf Company: : Ph 027 392 0221. Surfing Lessons & Tours. Mountain Bike Rentals & Tours. (see advert page 14)



Brian Willson Fishing Guide: Catering for all levels from beginner to experienced fisherman. Surfcasting, Kontiki, Fly Fishing. Ph 0800 110 575 see advert above. Club Talk Fishing Charters: Fishing from White Island to Ranfurly Bank. Ph Mick or Jock. 07 315 5463 or 027 505 3071. See ad Pg 2.



Dene’s Beachside - Golf Coaching: Ph 07-315 4085. See advert pg 7.



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



KG Kayaks: Call Kenny to book 027 272 4073 See advert page 5.



Motu Cycle Trails: Bunkhouse Accommodation. Freedom Bike Hire. Regular Shuttle service. Secure parking. Package deals. 138 St John St. Ph 07-315 5864. See advert page 20.

BUSHAVEN’S MOTU TRAILS HIRE & SHUTTLE Shuttles from $37pp, Accommodation from $15pp. Bike Hire, Showers, Toilets, Bike Wash. Packages & Collection from: Ohiwa, Ohope, Whakatane, Rotorua, Tauranga or Gisborne Ph 0800 MOTU TRAILS •




Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle: 2 x 11 seater shuttles. Bike Hire. Assorted self contained accommodation (38 beds). Camping. 75 Church St. Ph 0800 MOTU TRAILS or 027 cycleshuttle See advert above.



Opotiki Bowling Club: Eastern end of King Street. Ph 07-315 7610.



Opotiki Children's Art House: 26 Buchanan Street. Visitors welcomed to see the galleries and studios of work by Opotiki`s Creative Children. Mural and Mosaic Tours by appointment Phone 07-315 5014



Opotiki Fishing Charters: Michael Ruru Ph 027 268 6190. See advert pg 42.



Opotiki Golf Club: Visitors Welcome. Ph 07-315 7415. See advert pg 8.



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 17 for more Info.

High speed wireless hot spot, phone cards, fax, copy, print, icecreams, milk and cream, milk shakes, cold drinks, snack foods, confectionery, sim cards, computer repairs

97 Church Street • Opotiki • Mon to Sat 6am to 6pm, Sun Closed phone/fax 07 315 7632 • Map Ref. Pg No.









Opotiki Internet Café: 97 Church St. Ph: 07-315 7632. High speed wireless hotspot. (see advert above) Opotiki Museum: 123 & 129 Church Street Ph 07-315 5193. See advert below. Owls Chopping Boards: 32 Church St. Ph 07-315 5622. Manufacturing & Sales of Rimu Chopping Boards. Travel Shop, Bike & Kayak Hire, Internet: 104 Church St. Ph 07-315 8881. Travel arrangements, Flights, Accommodation, Intercity & Interislander bookings, Internet & Email.

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

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Historic HEART - North end of Church Street Opotiki Museum See No. 7 Map Pg 11. 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 in 2000 has been preserved as a Museum . This is also part of the Opotiki Museum complex who provide guided tours of the old store. See advert above.

Opotiki Deluxe Theatre See No. 7 Map Pg 11. 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 11. 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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  Opotiki’s Absolutely Fabulous Opo’tunity   Shops are a unique treasure hunter’s

destination. A wide variety of central opportunity shops in short walking distance with cafes of differing flavours dotted n between. While friends and family bike the Motu trail or fish along the coast, treasure shoppers can browse in Opotiki’s town centre with surprise and delight. From Aladdin’s for alternative thinkers one can then visit Save the Children’s gift and card shop with its donated knitted goods and homemade jams. Across the street in the Royal Hotel is Retro: Vintage & Antiques, Cnr King & Church Sts, Rachel Dixon-Davey, Ph 07315 6685 or 021 732 839 selling collectibles, retro furniture and antiques. Opposite on King Street is the Second Chance Emporium with its large selection of preloved community clothing raising funds for SPCA and St John Ambulance. Back on Church Street, the Eastern Bay of Plenty Hospice at 105 Church Street, Ph 07315 5055 are turning pre-loved treasures into much needed comfort for families in their time of need. Recycled Labels: 110 Church St. Ph 07-315 5156 is an

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upmarket fashion destination while across the road is   Shop: 109c Shirlies Curiosity Church St. Ph 027 315 4893   with past & present goods.   Hiona St Stephens Anglican Church Opportunity Shop   supports church funds with goods.     wide  ranging   donated     The Shalfoon and Francis           Museum Opportunity Shop supports the   development of the Opotiki   Museum, also well worth a visit.



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With the mid-2014 opening of the Tirohanga section of the Dunes Trail, the original vision for the Motu Trails Great Ride is now real. As one of the country’s 23 Great Rides, Motu Trails offers you fabulous cycling and walking opportunities. Choose from the family-friendly Dunes Trail, the historic heartland escape of the Motu Road Trail, and the classic adventure of the Pakihi Track.

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You can ride all the trails in one big loop, if you wish staying with quality accommodation providers. Or, you can catch a shuttle up to Matawai, Motu, or beyond, and enjoy a ride with far more downhill than up. Wherever you go, this is an area rich in history, and in key places interpretation boards tell the stories of Maori and early settlers. Be set free!

Dunes Trail Grade: Easy/Grade 2 Distance: 22 km return Estimated Riding Time: 2 -3 hours Access Points: Snell Road, Hikuwai Reserve, Pukeariki Beach Reserve, Wairakaia Road or Tirohanga Beach Road Recommended Riding Direction: Memorial Park Reserve to Jackson Road and return. Starting at the Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge at Memorial Park Reserve, the trail Photo by Whakatane Beacon meanders along a spectacular stretch of coast (11 km) to Jackson Road (and the start of 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 (grade 2) trail that caters for cyclists of all abilities and fitness levels, providing an ideal family day out. The trail has an easy gradient that is enjoyed by walkers, runners and cyclists. The return journey of 22 km can be comfortably ridden in one day from either end – with plenty of time to stop for a swim and a picnic along the way. Right on the edge of the trail is a great holiday base Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp See advert page 43. Motu Trails Ltd: 138 St John St. The Complete Deal. Cycle Hire, Shuttle Bus, Secure Parking, Bike Wash, 16 Bed Bunkhouse, BBQ. Ph 07-315 5864 (see advert pages 14, 16 & 20)

Motu Road Trail Grade: Intermediate/Grade 3 Distance: 78 km Estimated Riding Time: 5-7 hours Access Points: Jackson Road or Matawai Recommended Riding Direction: Matawai to Opotiki From Matawai your ride begins with a gentle and relatively flat 14 km ride on a sealed road to the tiny settlement of Motu where there is a shelter and toilets. You will also find here the Motu Community House for self-catering accommodation. See advert page 41. Here you can make a short 5 km detour to visit the beautiful Motu Falls for a swim and a picnic or Whinray Scenic Reserve for a 12 km return bushwalk.


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• Freedom Bike Hire rvice • Regular Shuttle Bus Se ng rki Pa le hic Ve e cur • Se e Wash • Toilets, Showers & Bik modation com Ac use ho nk • 16 Bed Bu otiki • 138 St John Street Op

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RIDE THE MOTU TRAIL Back on your bike, there is a steep 3 km climb 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 contours of the ridgeline, where you’ll enjoy lots of freewheeling. On the way you will come across Toatoa Farmstay. Then it’s mostly downhill en route to the coast where the Motu Trail connects with the Dunes Trail to take you into Opotiki. Toatoa Farmstay Accommodation: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast. Safe Parking. Bike Hire. Gear & Extras transported. Meet all needs, just ask. Ph 07-315 8340. Note! Avid mountain bikers seeking a more challenging ride to Opotiki can divert off the Motu Road Trail 17 kms from Motu on to the more advanced Pakihi Track. This junction is well signposted with a toilet and small shelter facility.

Pakihi Track Grade: Advanced/Grade 4 Distance: 44 km Estimated Riding Time: 3 - 5 hours Access Points: Motu Road ~ 17 km from Motu Riding Direction: Motu Road - Opotiki This track is the most challenging on the Motu Trails, with a grade-4 or ‘Advanced’ rating. Although there are no uphills to tackle and the surface is generally easy, in places the track is narrow, with drop-offs alongside. To enjoy this wonderful backcountry track, you need to be confident riding off road, and be ready to walk some sections of trail. Take your time — it’s truly incredible, beautiful country. The Pakihi Hut comes at roughly the halfway mark, followed soon after by the spectacular Pakihi suspension bridge. At the end of the track, you may choose to stay at Weka Wilds. Or, ride back to Opotiki along 7 kms of gravel road, then the sealed, straight Otara Road until you reach Te Rere Pa Road near Opotiki, from where you can follow the Otara River stopbank back to the start of the Dunes Trail. Alternatively, a few kilometers after the Pakihi road end, turn south onto Te Waiti Road to find Bushaven and Motu Trails Hire & Shuttle. Note! For safety, the Pakihi Track is one-way. You must ride from the Motu Road towards Opotiki, not the other way. It is not a trail to be ridden at high speed. ALSO


There’s secure parking in Opotiki, Motu and Te Waiti. There are shelter areas and toilets at Motu, and at the top (small shelter only) and bottom of the Pakihi Track. There’s a large shelter at Toatoa, and midway down the Pakihi Track, a camping area and basic six-bunk DOC hut with large covered verandah. Weka Wilds: Self contained accommodation sleeps six (from $100). Woodfired meals available (pizza) Can cater to lunch groups. Bookings: or 021 142 1515 Motu Trails Hire and Shuttle: Shuttles from $37pp , Accommodation from $15pp, Bike Hire & Package Deals. 75 Church St, Opotiki. Ph 0800 MOTU TRAILS or 027 cycleshuttle. see Ad Pg 16

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RIDING THE TRAIL The Motu Trails is rideable all year round although expect the Motu Road Trail and Pakihi Track to be cold and damp in the depths of winter. It is best to check with the i-SITE Visitor Centres in Gisborne or Opotiki for current conditions. The Motu Trails traverse a fairly remote area - so if you're planning a long ride you will need to go well prepared: • It's recommended that you carry all your water. • Toilets are available at the Hikuwai Reserve on the Dunes Trail, Matawai, Motu and at the start and end of the Pakihi Track. • Mobile phone coverage is unavailable outside Opotiki and Gisborne with coverage on parts of the Dunes Trail and coming back into town on the Pakihi Track. Secure parking is available in Opotiki and Motu. Shelter areas and toilets are provided at Motu, top and bottom of the Pakihi Track, a shelter only at Toatoa and a camping area and a basic six-bunk DOC hut located 10kms down the Pakihi Track. www nz or https://www Opotiki i-SITE Visitor Centre, 70 Bridge Street, Opotiki. P 07 3153031 Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Centre, 209 Grey Street, Gisborne. P 06 867 2000


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TIMBER SUPPLIES (OPOTIKI) LTD. St John Street. Phone 07-315 6366

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.



IN OPOTIKI See pages 14 to 21.

KIWIbank. Ph 07-315 6155 see advert pg 26.

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




Wakelin Motors Parts & Service. Mobile Field Service. See Page 24

WINDEGO PET LODGE. Ph/Fax Steve or Sandy 07-312 4259 or 027 534 9496 anytime.

MASONIC HOTEL. Church St.Ph 07-315 6115. Drive In Wholesale. See advert pg 15. Slim's Bar. Elliott St. Lounge Bar. Sundeck, Courtesy Van. 7 Days. Ph-07 315 6880 See advert inside front cover.

KELLIE HEADLEY | DARRINGTON SLATER Phone: 06 867 6743 Fax: 06 867 4766 340 Palmerston Road, Gisborne AIR CONDITIONING/HEAT PUMPS Codlin Electrical Ph 07-315 7535 24hr.

APPLIANCE REPAIRS Jayar Electrical. Ph 07-315 6469 See advert page 23.

BUILDing contractors Lou Vipond Building ContractorS Ltd. Regd. Cert. Builder & L.B.P. approved Ph 027-5951803 a/h 07-315 8891.


DARRINGTON SLATER ARCHITECTS LTD. Ph 07-308 9962 or 06-867 6743. See ad above.

TIMBER SUPPLIES MITRE 10. Ph 07-315 6366. See advert above. ITM. 21 Church St Ph 07-315 5984. Your Building Specialists. See ad below.



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

YOUNGS BUTCHERY. Elliott St. Ph 07-315 6139. Licensed meat packers.


“We’ll see you right” 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


80 Wellington Street • Tel 07-315 6580 • A/h 07-315 5287 • For all your drainage requirements, shingle, sand sealing chip, bark, pumice, whitechip, top soil and cement • Ready mix concrete we supply, lay and box • Bulk cartage of maize, lime, fertiliser and metal



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Opotiki Mowers & Chainsaws. 38 Church St. Ph 07-315 6522.

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

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

DOCTORS See Health Services.

CARRIERS & CONTRACTORS WAIOTAHI CONTRACTORS. 80 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 6580. See advert above.

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


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OPOTIKI DRAINLAYERS LTD. 89 St John St, Ph 07 315 6321 see advert below.

EARTHWORKS WAIOTAHI CONTRACTORS. See ad above. • General Contracting • Lighting • Telephone Cabling

• Caravan Inspections & Warrant of Fitness 22 Church Street, Opotiki Tel. 07-315 6469 24 hrs • Fax. 07-315 5222 • Whiteware & Appliance Repairs email:

CLOTHING – CASUAL & SPORTS HICKEYS OPOTIKI. Surf, Sport, Casual & Outdoor Clothing. Ph 07-315 6238 see advert Pg 9.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OPAC. Seasonal Workers needed. Ph 07-315 8700. See page 36.

CLUBS OPOTIKI R.S.A. CLUB. See advert pg 13.

CONCRETE Eastern Bay Concrete. 152 St John St. All Concrete work undertaken. Ph/Fax 07-315 8822. Mobile 027 347 3364. nz


ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Cameron Electrical Ltd. Ph 07-315 5687 24 hours. Codlin Electrical Ltd. Electrical – Refrigeration – Heatpumps Phone 07-315 7535 24hrs. FRASER CAMERON. See Refrigeration pg 26. JAYAR ELECTRICAL. See advert above.

OPOTIKI DRAINLAYERS LTD Domestic • Commercial • Plumbing Drainage • Plumbing Supplies 89 St John Street, Opotiki P: 07-315 6321 M: 027 444 6525 E:


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• All Mechanical Repairs Petrol & Diesel • WOF’s, Tyres, Batteries • Wheel Alignments 33 King Street, Opotiki • Phone 07 315 6293 • Agricultural Repairs & Field Servicing Email:



Engineering ServiceS. 44 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 6526. A/H 07-315 7228. All jobs undertaken.

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.

LOWES HIRE & ENGINEERING. 86 Bridge St. Ph/Fax. 07-315 6515. See advert page 25. OPOTIKI ENGINEERING & HARDWARE. Ph 07-315 6285. King St. Welding, turning, water pumps, milking machines. Engineers to the district.

Opotiki TYRE Service. Ph 07-315 4046. See advert page 27.

FISHING See Sports & Outdoor Equipment.

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 above.

HICKEYS Opotiki. Ph 07-315 6238. Sports shoes, streetwear, casual shoes, jandals & sandals. See advert pg 9.



FRUIT PACKERS OPAC. Competitive Rates. Email: work@opac. co nz Ph 07-315 8700. See advert page 36.


MITRE 10. St John St. See advert pg 22.

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

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

GATEWAY FUNERAL SERVICES. 24 hours. 17 Awatapu Drive, Whakatane. Ph 07-315 8582 Fax 07-308 6103. E: nz

GROCERS See page 13.


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






Opotiki Mechanical Services. Ph 07-315 6526. See advert below.


- 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:



CHURCH ST SURGERY. Dr Jo Scott – Jones & Dr L Mondares. 94 Church Street Opotiki. Ph 07-3156 307. Whakatohea Health Centre. 117 Church St. Ph 07-315 6126.

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

HIRE SERVICES LOWES HIRE & ENGINEERING. 86 Bridge St. Ph 07-315 6515. See advert above.

HONEY Hikutaia HONEY. See advert pg 16.

HYDRAULIC HOSE REPAIRS Lowes Hire & Engineering. Hydralink. Ph 07-315 6515 see advert above. Opotiki Mechanical Services. ENZED Ph 315 6526 see advert pg 24. Wakelin Motors Parts & Service. ENZED. Ph 07-315 6293 24hrs. See advert page 24.

LAWYERS POTTS AND HODGSON. 32 King St. Ph 07-315 6314. Fax 07-315 7737.

LIBRARY OPOTIKI DISTRICT LIBRARY. Church St 07-315 6170. see us@ www.odc.govt.NZ/library

LOTTO OUTLET OPOTIKI PHARMACY. Page 26. BLUE MOON FOUR SQUARE & LOTTO. See advert pg 13. Te Kaha Holiday Park & Store. See ad page 46.



Central Service Centre & MARINE. 21 King Street. Ph 07-315 6719. See advert below.

OPOTIKI i-SITE. 70 Bridge St. Ph 07-315 3031


INTERNET CAFES OPOTIKI INTERNET CAFÉ. See advert pg 17. Travel Shop. See advert Page 17


CENTRAL SERVICE CENTRE & MARINE. 21 King St. Ph 07-315 6719. See advert below. OPOTIKI MOWERS & CHAINSAWS. 38 Church St. Ph 07-315 6522.


HICKEYS Opotiki. Ph 07 315 6238. For Citizen & Casio watches, jewellery, greenstone, luggage, wallets & handbags. See advert pg 9.

OPOTIKI MUSEUM. 123 Church St. Ph 07-315 5193. See advert pg 17.



HICKEYS Opotiki. House keys, padlock keys, car keys. Ph 07-315 6238 see advert page 9.

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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:

OPOTIKI NEWS (1996) Ltd. Ph 07-315 6106. Fax 07-315 6494.

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


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116 Church Street, Opotiki • Tel 315 6240 Fax 315 6620 • AH 315 5874 Kerry 021 786 101

110 CHURCH STREET, OPOTIKI PHONE: 07-315 6251 • FAX: 07-315 6250 • A/H: 027 405 5397



VISIQUE OPOTIKI. Health Centre. King St. Ph 07-315 7134. Email nz




Fraser Reece Osteopath. BSc(Hons) (UK) ACC Treatment Provider, 35 Bridge St, Opotiki. Ph 07-315 5501 - Ohope Ph 07 312 5340.

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



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.

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

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

POST shop Ph 315 6155


Specialists in commercial and school stationery Books • Cards • Magazines • Gifts • Photocopying and laminating



OPOTIKI DRAINLAYERS LTD. 89 St John St, Ph 07-315 6321 see advert pg 23.

OCEAN SEAFOODS. See advert pg 12.


SERVICE STATIONS CALTEX OPOTIKI. Cnr St John & King St. 24 hour 7 days. Petrol & Food. Ph 07-315 6298. See advert page 8.

POST SHOP OPOTIKI at Paper Plus. See above.

PROJECT MANAGERS DarRington Slater Architects Ltd. Ph 07-308 9962 or 06-867 6743. See advert page 22.

SIGNS & EMBROIDERY Opotiki Signs & Embroidery. 19 Elliott St. Ph 07-315 7383. E: oposigns@clear net nz

REAL ESTATE AGENTS HARCOURTS. Ph 07-315 5245. See page 27.

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OPOTIKI MECHANICAL SERVICES. 44 Wellington St. Ph 07-315 6526. See ad pg 24. OPOTIKI TYRE SERVICE. Bridge St. Ph 07-315 6603. See advert below. THE TYRE TEAM @ WAKELIN MOTORS. 33 King St. Ph 07-315 6293 see advert pg 24.

SPORTS & OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT 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 9.

STATIONERS, BOOKSELLERS etc OPOTIKI PAPER PLUS. Church St. Ph 07-315 6263. See advert Page 26.


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

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Eastern Bay Real Estate Ltd (Licensed Agent REAA 2008)

82 Bridge Street, Opotiki


OPOTIKI TOWING AND RENT-A-SHEDS. Ph 021/0274 945 419. See advert pg 71.

Opotiki Vet Centre Ltd. 91 Waioeka Rd, Gisborne State Highway. Ph 07-315 8474. 24 hours. All pet care products. See No. 16 Map Pg 74.




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

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

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:


call in at the Museum for more details see page 17


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What to do while in OpotikI

The following pages are packed with just some of the “Things To Do In Opotiki” See also Pages 16 & 17 for Opotiki Activities & Adventure Operators, Page 18 for Absolutely Fabulous Opo’tunity Shops, Pages 19 to 21 for Motu Trails Info. ARTS & CRAFTS Opotiki is becomi ng well k now n as a base for ar tists and craftspeople who are inspired in their creative talents by the beauty of the surrounding countr yside. The Opotik i 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. See Map Page 11, Ref No. 28. 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 11 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.


Fibre & Fleece – Warwick Tilley Photography.

FIBRE & FLEECE Fibre & Fleece Fashion Shows, Workshops, Trade Halls, Craft Market: This bi-annual event is being held for the 16th time in 2015. 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. All entries are 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 www nz or writing to PO Box 168, Opotiki.

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. Vitamin Sea & Whale Island – 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

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Boat Launching


Opotiki is fast becoming a renowned base for Cycling enthusiasts. With Motu Trails (See Pages 19 to 21) taking off, there are now some fabulous trails for cyclists...including the family-friendly Dunes Trail which can be accessed from the town centre, without venturing onto a State Highway. Head to the Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge at the northern end of town (See Map Pg 11 Ref No. 1). There is also a Stopbank trail or just exploring the town can be a quite relaxing ride.

Fishing (See tide chart page 72) The waters of Opotiki and the East Cape provide anglers with an excellent opportunity to pursue a wide variety of fishing endeavour. Surfcasters can enjoy easy fishing from the many sandy beaches near Opotiki while the gravel beaches of Torere and Hawai f ish 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 A good catch – Photo by Jock Brown unsurpassed kahawai fishery. 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 Primary Industries 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: Whakatane Office - Ph 07-921 3414, Gisborne Office - Ph 06-869 0870. Local Fishing Guides:- Club Talk Fishing Charters – see advert Page 2 – Brian Willson Fishing Guide– see advert Page 16 and Michael Ruru of Opotiki Fishing Charters – see advert Page 42.

GOLF - Opotiki Golf Club

Opotiki Golf Club - Map Pg 11. See advert pg 8. 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.


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Horse Riding/Treks

The region provides both beach and bush areas ideal for riding or trekking.


The region is renowned for some of the best hunting in New Zealand. The Urutawa Conservation 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 16) at the end of Te Waiti Road. Please hunt safely, for information, regulations and permits visit the Department of Conservation at the Opotiki Office at the Opotiki i-Site in Bridge Street.


The Motu and Waioeka rivers provide opportunities for jet boaters to enjoy an exhilarating ride and view spectacular scenery.

RIVER RAFTING 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.

KAYAKING 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. Call Kenny at KG Kayaks on 027 272 4073 www.

MOUNTAIN BIKING 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 19 – 21). Always check with the Department of Conservation or private landowners for permissions and trail conditions.

OUTDOOR BOWLING See No. 15 Map Pg 11. 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 scheduled for the season as well as a good winter program. Roll ups Tues & Thurs, afternoons. Visitors welcome. Ph 07-315 6710.



Upton Park: See No. 34 Map Pg 11. 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 11. 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.

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PICNIC SPOTS 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.

SKATING 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.

SURF CLUB See No. 8 Map Pg 73. 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.

SURFING 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.

SWIMMING POOL See No. 29 Map Pg 11. 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.

RECREATIONAL INDIGENOUS FORESTS 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 biking (Otipi Road), nature study and 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 19 - 21) 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 16) providing good camping and parking. The Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve comprises 1800 hectares of forest and 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 40 & 41 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.


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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.

Scenic Drives Pacific Coast Highway around East Cape 490km journey from Opotiki around the East Cape to Gisborne (see pages 42 to 58) and back to Opotiki (see pages 40 & 41) has some of the most breathtaking scenery in New Zealand. Hukuwai Beach 3km from Opotiki on State Highway 35 – the Pacific Coast Highway. This is a popular and safe swimming beach. See page 42. 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 40 & 41) 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 43) & 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 6. Ohiwa Harbour Drive 16km west of Opotiki. A seaside and harbourside settlement where many have chosen to live or retire. See page 6.


Otara Loop Road A well worth trip of 24kms which can be extended in length and time by your inquiring nature. Leave town 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 16).

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 7.

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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 42.

WALKS For more information on Tracks & Walkways grab the “Hikes + Walks – Out East” Guide from Opotiki i-Site. Beach Walks – The Opotiki District has some 160kms of Pacific Ocean coastline so if you like 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 Views from the Cheddar Valley Walk Photo Stuart Slade 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 Wonderland – End of Woodlands Road See No 14 Map Pg 74 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

Taketakerau - Historic Tree in Hukutaia Domain 33 - Photo Meg Collins

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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. 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 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.

View over Ohiwa Harbour from Onekawa Pa. Photo by Meg Collins

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 11.


The Pakihi Track is in the Urutawa Conservation Area. It runs some 20kms between the Old Motu Road and the Pakihi Road near Opotiki. The Pakihi Hut is approximately half way along the

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track, two & a half to three hours from either end. The track has been extensively upgraded recently with the development of The Motu Trails Cycleway and now has some 24 bridge crossings. You will need to arrange transport from either of the two track ends. Allow a whole day to walk this track or stay overnight in the hut. T he Tauranga Br idge Loop Track is approximately 25km up the Waioeka Gorge road heading to Gisborne (see pages 40 & 41). 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. Event ually the steep countr y and Tauranga Bridge – Barbara Collett the depression defeated the far mers and today nat u re 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 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 16). There is parking available here. Allow 2 hours to walk to the Te Waiti Hut.

WHITE 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 f lows eruption. Another factory was built in 1928. White Island - Whakaari. 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 3). Plane and helicopter tours are available from Whakatane, contact the Information Centre.


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Opotiki’s Primary Industries AGRICULTURE 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.

AQUACULTURE 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 Kiwifruit night picking – 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. The Board is also investigating sea 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.

FORESTRY Within the Opotiki 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.

HORTICULTURE Horticulture 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.

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Seasonal workers wanted all year round

OPAC is continually looking for reliable and motivated people. We offer competitive rates and a wide range of positions in our packhouse or in the orchards. For further information email:

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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 fleet migration from Hawaiiki 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-o-Awa 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. Tirohanga, Makeo (the high conical 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-Potiki-mai 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-Potiki-mai-Tawhiti because of the continual reference to the inhabitant fish of the same name. Before the ar r ival of Eu ropeans, O poti k i was a populous Maor i cent re, 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 battle-ground. 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, inflicted heavy losses on the local Whakatohea.

Ohiwa from Onekawa Pa in the west.


O p oti k i Peketutu, below Motu Falls.


Captain Cook sailed along this coast on 1st/2nd November, 1769, naming Cape Runaway, White Island and Mount Edgecumbe as he 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 escarpment 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. Missionaries from Tauranga made an abortive attempt to reach Opotiki in 1828. They 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.” Aporotanga, one of the chiefs, was 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 influenced and inflamed 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

O p oti k i administration offices and board 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 ighting ceased Opotiki 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. The 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 factory 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 earth providing sustenance 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 which became an airfield. So in these 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 to GISBORNE via Waioeka Gorge For the PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROUTE TO GISBORNE – SEE PAGES 42 TO 58 Kilometres from Opotiki

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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. On the left at the intersection of SH2 & Matchitts Road you will find Agassiz House Opotiki Backpackers (see advert page 14). This straight road continues 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 Jour ney – Te Awa a Tamatea’, is a multi-agency 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. 25km Tauranga Track see Walks Page 35 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. 43km Wairata 101km The Waioeka River turns south at Wairata and the main road follows the Opato Stream. Coffee Stop: : Organic coffee and home baking at Living Water Bush Café

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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.


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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 63) joining SH2 again south of Gisborne. Or continue on the main road to Matawai. 72km Matawai 72km Matawai is a small rural settlement with a hotel, store, cafe, camp, art gallery 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

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 19 to 21). 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 06-862 8736 or 06-863 5804. Email or See us on

MOTU VILLAGE / MOTU FALLS SIDE TRIP or RETURN TO OPOTIKI via MOTU ROAD SCENIC DRIVE Also see Page 32 for SCENIC DRIVES – Motu Road Motu Village is 14km from Matawai. 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

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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. 17km 122km Ormond 139km Makaraka 5km Turn left to Gisborne and East Cape or right to Wairoa and Napier. Showgrounds Park Motor Camp: 20 Main Rd, Makaraka. Gisborne’s very own

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Opotiki to Gisborne

via Pacific Coast Highway (SH 35) For alternative route to Gisborne via Waioeka Gorge see pages 40 & 41.

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. L E AV I NG OP OT I K I o n t he MOT U TRAILS CYCLEWAY – Enter the Dunes Trail by heading to the northern end of 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 19 to 21 for more information. Heading out on the Dunes Trail Strike Photography Kilometres from Opotiki

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To venture East around “the coast” head up Elliott Street and over the Otara Bridge. 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 on the left is Beach Road which leads down to Hukuwai Beach. 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.

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

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


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

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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. Kilometres from Opotiki

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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 camper. And right next door is the well stocked Tirohanga Beach Store.

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

Tirohanga Beach Store: State Highway 35. Ph/Fax 07-315 7943 (see advert below)

TIROHANGA BEACH STORE State Highway 35 • Opotiki • Phone/Fax 07 315 7943

Open 7 days at 7am for Groceries, Fresh fruit & vegetables, ice creams. Fishing Tackle & bait. Mobil Petrol & Diesel, Dive bottle & LPG Refills. Takeaways Thur - Sun from noon. Dec 26 - Jan 31 daily from 11.30am. Val & Stan Hooper 11.4km Waiaua River 323km A pleasant picnic area alongside a small river. Motu Road Scenic Detour Also see Scenic Drives page 32 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 a day for the 140-odd km round trip back to Opotiki via the Waioeka Gorge or continue on from Matawai to Gisborne (see Opotiki to Gisborne via Waioeka Gorge Pg 40 & 41). 321.6 km 12.8 km Omarumutu This is the site of the Omar u mut u 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 subtribe 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.

Whanau checking out a rockpool at Opape. Photo Ngaio Knebel


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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 35.

Opape Motor Camp: 7 Opape Rd, Power Sites. Ph 07-315 8020 E: W:

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 294.4km 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 nar row st r ip of pr ivate fa r m la nd sepa rates t he beach from the main road. The beach is stoney and shelves steeply into deep water, another good fishing spot. A side road r uns down to the beach, where tucked away in a secluded spot you will find Oariki Coa s t a l Cot t a ge . T he rivermouth is renowned for Maraenui Beach – Chris Stone kahawai fishing in season and can be reached from both sides. This area was the location of numerous Pa sites along the coastal f lats and in the hills behind. During the siege of 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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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. 51.2km Whitianga Bay Deep water cove, in one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand.

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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. 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.

Omaio Store: Open 7 Days. Takeaways - General Store. Groceries, Drinks, Ice Cream. Fuel 91 & Diesel. 07-325 2873

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.


Welcome to Te Kaha


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, Tukaki, the beautifully carved meeting house at situated on a headland and surrounded by Te Kaha – Tim de Jong. glorious bays and beaches.

Te Kaha Homestead: Waterfront Homestay Ph 07-325 2194 Have fun & sing along with your friendly host – Chay. See advert below

Te Kaha Homestead


Home Cooked Meals • Ensuited Doubles • Backpackers • Cyclists • Campers welcome Ocean Activities available – Beachfront Hot Tub & Safe Swimming Beach. 6606 State Highway 35 TeKaha. Phone 07-325 2194. Email TeKahaHomestead@gmail www.TeKaha Facebook # TeKaha Homestead


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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 |

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 above

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 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:

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 advert above)

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

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.

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


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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: 


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Welcome to Whanarua Bay 246.4km 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. Wireless internet available.

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Whanarua Bay is 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. Access to the bay is over private land and vehicle access & parking is limited during peak holiday season. Caution is required at all times. Visitors are asked to walk the short distance down to the beach. There is also a walking track through untouched native forest to a beautiful waterfall, starting at the bridge over the Whanarua Stream. Access is over private land and permission must be obtained from the Park 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. Email

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: We invite you, to experience and enjoy the abundant pleasures of this oceanside retreat. Breathe it, taste it and live it first hand, the people and their authentic culture. Before you leave, you will wish it was yours. See advert below. Maraehako Camping Ground: Beach frontage, small boat launching, horse treks, hot showers, good fishing, campervans welcome. Ph Bea 07-325 2901. No dogs allowed.

Maraehako Bay Retreat.

Maraehako Bay Retreat Maraehako Camping Ground Small boat launching • Hot showers Backpackers BEACH FRONT A relaxing bush walk, kayaking, seafood gathering. Fishing. Experienced operators. “Stay and have a unique experience.”

Phone 07 325 2648 •

Toilets • Camper Vans welcome Good Fishing • No Dogs

PH BEA 07 325 2901


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

The Home of...

Lures | Fishing Gear | Flashers | Lines | Hooks & Sinkers | Jigs | Rods

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

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

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99.2km Raukokore Easily recognised by the Anglican Church on the promontor y and t h e C a t h ol i c C h u r c h a l m o s t 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 Recover y 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

Welcome to Waihau Bay


Waihau Bay is 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

Club Talk Fishing Charters: Fishing from White Island to Ranfurly Bank. Ph Mick or Jock. 07 315 5463 or 027 505 3071. see ad Pg 2. 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. E: W: (see advert below)

WAIHAU BAY LODGE Full Bar – Restaurant – Wholesale


All meals Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner; Fishing lunches. Functions catered for. Budget group accommodation or superior Lodge accommodation. Camping ground. Magnificent Ocean views: Right on boat ramp! Ph. 07 325 3805 | Email

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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. Waihau Bay Holiday Park: Under NEW Management.

For all enquiries contact 07-315 3031.

Guided Maori Historical and Scenic Walks: Leisurely walks 2 ½ to 4 hours. Marae Visits. Suitable for all ages. Bookings Ph 07-325 3697 June McDonald

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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. Take the time to enjoy a guided walk with June of Guided Maori Historical and Scenic Walks. 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 Tuatara Carving with Cape Runaway in background. 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:

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. This public road is bounded by private property and visitors are requested to observe the owner rights. 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. Cattle at Waihau Bay - Tim de Jong


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Welcome to Hicks Bay


Hicks Bay – There is a sudden and dramatic change and this bay, originally named Te Wharekahika and renamed after one of t he c rew of t he “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 Hicks Bay Wharf - Grant Collett est ablished 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.

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 of Hicks Bay 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 pre-European 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 bottle shop. See advert Page 51 The Puriris: Self-contained cottage overlooking beautiful Hicks Bay, East Cape. 5138 Te Araroa Rd, SH 35, Hicks Bay. Ph 06-864 4035.

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 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. Motels, Cabins & backpackers. Short walk to beach. Ph 06-864 4873 (see advert below)

Te Araroa Holiday Park & Motels


Motels, Cabins, Powered & Tent Sites, General Store, Bottleshop, Diesel Stop, WiFi, Short walk to beach, swim or fish off the rocks. EFTPOS available. Email: • Ph: 06-864 4873 • Fax: 06-864 4473

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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) •

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



Wide Range of Groceries - Continuous Specials • Beer & Wine PETROL & Open 7 Days • 24 hour card operated 91 petrol & diesel available • LPG DIESEL Phone 06-864 4874 • Liz and Bill Koia t 29 Rata St, Te Araroa •

Te Araroa is a small township with a large community. The town has the Kai Kart Café & Takeaways and the Eastern Store Four Square a wellstocked 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 scenic drive takes you past East Cape Camping Ground to the East Cape East Cape Lighthouse Lighthouse with its climb of 700 steps – to the light at 154 metres above sea level, it is well worth the trip, most rewarding done early to see the sunrise. This is the most easterly point in NZ 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.

East Cape Camping Ground: Inexpensive beachfront family camping. Ph Len 06-864 4831. See advert below

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 above)

Kai Kart Takeaways: Ph 06-864 4806. Fish & Chips, Burgers, Toasties, Coffee, Drinks. Summer Hrs Mon-Sun 9.30-6.30. Winter Hrs Tue–Sat 12-2pm. 4-6pm. Sun & Stats 10-1.30

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15km from Te Araroa. 4km to Lighthouse, on Eastcape Road. Real camping experience, unspoiled isolation. Inexpensive family camping. Bush walks. Hunting opportunities. Ablution block on site. Small boat access off beach. Fishing, seafood & bush walks. Email Phone Len 06 864 4831

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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 forestr y development. Tikitiki contains much of interest to the student of the Maori. The people he re a re de sce nd a nt s of t he 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, an R.S.A., Postal Centre and Café. Above Tikitiki township is the flat hill Pukemaire on which are St Mary's Church, Tikitiki. Photo by Barbara Collett clearly defined 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. 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. Mt Hikurangi At 1754 metres, the majestic Mt. Hikurangi is the highest non-volcanic peak in the North Island. The mountain is sacred t o t he Ngat i Porou p e ople 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 & Mount Hikurangi – High on the mountain are nine carved information contact Te Runanga Whakairo (sculptures) depicting the whanau of Maui – Tikitiki – a – Taranga, who legend attributes to fishing the o Ngati Porou see advert below. North Island up from the sea.

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Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou P: 06 864 9004 E: W:

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


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Welcome to Ruatoria 128km FOODMARKET FOUR SQUARE


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

Ruatoria is the largest town since leaving Opotiki and offers facilities not found elsewhere on the Coast. Ruatoria is a service centre for a large outlying hinterland. In the main street you will find Kai Kart Takeaways, Ruatoria Hotel, Sharon’s Village Cafe & Crafts and the well stocked Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square and further on is Enz of the Earth Guest House Accommodation. Also on the main road is a Westpac Bank and a Skate Park/Playground. Ruatoria has important Maori connections being the centre for the Ngati Porou Tribe and Ngati Porou Tourism. Sir Apirana Ngata lived here and is remembered by the Ngata Memorial College. Maori V.C. recipient Lieutenant Ngarimu was born here. In 1973 much of the marginal land was planted in exotic trees (mainly pinus radiata) while helping to control erosion, this valuable timber resource provides extra employment on the Coast.

Enz of the Earth: Guest House Accommodation. 3 The Crossroads. Ph 06-864 8711 or 027 429 2279. Tariff from $100. Booking ahead recommended. 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: Coffee 2 Go, Tasty Chicken, 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 pg 53.

Te Puia Springs Hotel

Old charm hotel, newly renovated with accommodation, restaurant, bar and private mineral hot pool. 6km to Waipiro Bay. Great reviews! 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:

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)


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Welcome to Tokomaru Bay


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: nz

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Tokomaru Bay is a quiet coastal township with a temperate clime. 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.

Hosting the Coast since 1873

153 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 • Wi-Fi Internet access •

Blue Marlin Motel: 2 self contained units. Sleep 6. BBQ, Freeview. Laundry. 150 metres from beach. Ph 06-864 5842 Stranded in Paradise Backpackers: 21 Potae St. E: Funky loft & chalet accommodation all with sunrise & seaviews. Free WiFi. Ph 06-864 5870 or 027 332 6506 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: 153 Beach Rd Ph 06-864 5465. Accommodation, Bar & Bistro. 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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Welcome to Anaura Bay


• 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:

A nau r a Bay i s one of the most beautiful of all the East Cape Bays. It is well worth the 7km drive. Steeped in history, Captain Cook ber thed at A naura where he was war mly welcomed by local Maori, after a speedy retreat from Poverty Bay! Anaura is a ver y safe haven w it h a f lat golden sanded beach w it h g reat f ish i ng. T he b a ckd r o p of wo nd e r f u l 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 Bay Family Motor Camp: Absolute Beachfront. Powered & Tent sites. Dump Station avail. for our campers. Ph 06-862 6380 Your friendly hosts Victor & Dona. (see advert above) Rangimarie Beachstay B&B: 930 Anaura Road. Ph 021 633 372. (see advert above) Sensational Views from private decks.


East Coast Traffic Jam - Tim de Jong

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Welcome to Tolaga Bay Th Tolaga B y 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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Tolaga Bay is larger t ha n most of t he settlements on this coast, and features The Tolaga Inn, a picturesque colonial st yle hotel, the shopping centre is good and the town boasts a nine-hole golf course, bowling club and skate park. The streets of this t ow n a r e n a m e d after Captain Cook’s crew. Cook cast anchor here in 1769. The beach at Tolaga B ay i s e xc el le nt for swimming and f ishing and adequate facilities Tolaga Bay wharf. 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. Cottles Cafe & Bakery: Home of the famous pie. Burton Hollis Coffee and delicious homemade food. Cook Street. Ph 06-862 6484 Tolaga Bay Holiday Park: 167 Wharf Rd, Ph 06-862 6716 Situated next to the famous Tolaga Bay Wharf. See advert below. Tolaga Bay Inn: Open 7 days. 12 Cook Street. Ph 06-862 6856 E: Check out our facebook page. See advert above.

Mike & Trina Brooker 167 Wharf Road • Phone 06-862 6716

• Cabins, powered and tent sites • Kitchen • Ablution block • Hot showers • Safe beach and good fishing • Close to Cook’s Cove walkway


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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. 309.5km 25km

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

318km Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve 16km The Marine Reserve has been established to protect marine habitat providing a safe haven for all manner of marine life to live and breed. Road access lies approx 39km Sth of Tolaga Bay (16km Nth of Gisborne) on State Highway 35 at Pouawa Beach Rd. The reserve covers 2450 hectares from Pouawa river to the Waimoko river mouths and up to 3.5km offshore. This reserve is special in that it contains an extensive selection of Marine Habitat and a wide variety of Marine Species that are representative of the sea in this East Cape region. Visit www.doc.govt nz \ te-tapuwae-mr-brochure.pdf 324km Tatapouri 13km 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 Motor Camp.

Dive Tatapouri: Reef Ecology Tour with wild Stingrays or Snorkelling & Swimming Tour with wild Stingrays. Bookings Essential. Ph 06-868 5133. Email Website: 531 Whangara Rd, State Highway 35, Tatapouri, Gisborne Tatapouri Motor Camp: Great camping at reasonable rates. Friendly family run camp, cosy cabins, Awesome reef experience, a place to enjoy the great outdoors. (see advert below) Friendly, family orientated absolute beachfront location. Cabins, powered & non-powered sites. BBQ area, clean amenities, dog friendly, 10 mins from Gisborne. Great fishing and diving.

Eco-friendly beach side paradise Be the first in the world to see the sunrise

516 Whangara Road, SH35, Gisborne P: (06) 868 3269 F: (06) 868 3270 E: W:

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 Ocean Beach Motor Lodge. Continue on Oneroa Road you will join the main highway again. Ocean Beach Motor Lodge – FIRST TO SEE THE SUN: Gisborne’s Largest Units. Mediterranean-style complex located at beautiful Wainui Beach with your own private tropical courtyard. 7 Oneroa Road Ph 06-868 6186 or 0800 25 0800


Once back on the Pacific Coast Highway it is a short drive into GISBORNE.

Tuamotu Island (Sponge Bay Island) off Gisborne – Craig Willson Photography.

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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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Gisborne Accommodation 16 Stylish, spacious self contained units all over looking the Inner Harbour and Turanganui river. All units air conditioned, free Wi-fi, lock up storage available for motor bikes, kayaks etc. 2 minutes walk to shops, restaurants and bars. 5 minutes walk to city beaches. Your hosts: Karen and Mark Kingsbeer

Phone 0800 273 628


Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge: 784 Gladstone Rd, Freephone 0800 222 550, 14 ground floor studio & family units. Spa baths, free internet, 8 Sky digital, full kitchens, breakfast available. Tariff from $99 dble.

Gisborne Showgrounds Park Motor Camp: 20 Main Rd, Makaraka. Ph/fax 06-867 5299 Email: (see advert page 41 & 61)

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

Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks: Ph 06-867 8452 (see advert page 41)

Ocean Beach Motor Lodge: Ph 0800 25 0800 (see advert page 58)

Pacific Harbour Motor Inn: Cnr Reads Quay & Pitt St. Ph 06-867 8847. E: W: See advert below

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

Tatapouri Motor Camp: Great camping at reasonable rates. Friendly family run camp, cosy cabins. Awesome reef experience, a place to enjoy the great outdoors. (see advert page 58)

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. Free WiFi, 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 units. Serviced daily. Laundry. Close to town. Pets OK.

Tudor Park Motel: Follow Hospital signs to 386 Ormond Rd. Freephone 0800 88 2001. Full kitchens, Free Wifi, King beds, sleep up to 7, swimming and spa pools, games room and laundry. Adjacent to hospital, shops, park & tavern. From $98 twinshare.

Waikanae Beach Motel: 19 Salisbury Rd, Ph 06-868 4139 Freephone 0800-924 526 15 Studio, 1&2 room units. Amazing Location, Close to beach and shops. SKY TV, Free Wireless Internet, RSA & GOLD CARD discounts.

Quiet Riverside Accommodation. 28 Air Conditioned Units designed and arranged in this superb location. A few minutes walk from Gisborne’s inner city centre and harbourside cafes and restaurants.


Your Hosts: Graham & Karen Brown. Cnr Reads Quay & Pitt St. Gisborne, New Zealand. P. 06 867 8847 • F. 06 867 4586 • •

Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel Absolute beachfront on beautiful Waikanae Beach. Sun, surf & relax with the sound of the sea. 22 Salisbury Road, Gisborne • P: 0800 405 030 E:

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Whispering Sands Beach Front Motel: Wireless Internet, liquor on licence, Our amenities ensure total relaxation & comfort. Ph 0800 40 50 30 (see advert above) 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. Guests enjoy complimentary gym membership & a free round of golf.

• 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 Activities

Dive Tatapouri: Reef Ecology Tour. Shark Cage Diving. Ph 06-868 5153 (see ad page 58) East Coast Museum of Technology: 69 Main Road, Makaraka. Open Sun to Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 1pm-4pm Encapsulating the history of the Gisborne Area - A great place to visit. Eastwoodhill Arboretum: 2392 Wharekopae Road. Ph 06 863 9003 Open Daily. Spectacular scenery, Walks, Guided Tours. (See advert page 63) Gisborne i-Site Visitor Info Centre: 209 Grey St. 18 hole Mini Golf Course (see page 59) Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks: 658 Makaretu Rd, Otoko, Ph: 06-867 8452. (see page 41) Ministry of Primary Industries: For Fishing regulations go to (see advert page 71) Rere Falls & Rere Rock Slide: (see page 63) 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. 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.

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

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WA165 Steam Locomotive operated by Gisborne City Vintage Railway – Photo by Mike Collett

A rest spot at Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

Haurata High Country by horse or by foot – photo courtesy of Haurata High Country Retreat & Farm Walks Inner Harbour, Gisborne – Craig Willson Photography.


Young Nicks Head, Gisborne – Craig Willson Photography.

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

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

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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.

Gisborne Showgrounds Park Motor Camp: 20 Main Rd, Makaraka. Ph/fax 06-867 5299 Email: (see advert page 41 & 61)

5km Makaraka 94km A busy little village at the junction of Main Rd & SH2. 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. 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 Arboretum (See adVERT ABOVE), 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. 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 private property, if you are lucky you may find a friendly local to show you around.

Birdlife at Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

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

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: LIKE us on FACEBOOK.

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. The Historic Nuhaka General Store is well worth visiting. Find it at the turn off to Mahia – left or Wairoa – right.


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Steeds Convenience Store: General Store, gifts, Liquor Off-licence, ice & bait, phone top-ups. Something for Everyone. Ph 06-837 8717 Trevor. LIKE us on FACEBOOK “Nuhaka Store.”

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T H E U LT I M AT E B E A C H D E S T I N AT I O N Safe swimming, boating and surfing Beach • Shop and Takeaways (Seasonal) • Wifi Phone 06-837 5830 •

Welcome to Mahia Mahia Peninsula Side Trip Turn left at Nuhaka, 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.

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Mahia Beach Holiday Park

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. 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 Holiday Park: : Motels, cabins, powered & non powered sites, just across the road from a safe swimming beach. Dump station for our campers. Ph 06-837 5830 (See advert above) Mahia Beach Lodge: Accommodates 2 to 10 persons. Self contained. 2 Bathrooms. 50m to the beach. Set in palm tree gardens. Ph 06 8375830 Email

Travelling east from Mahia Beach you will come to a junction, turning left will take you to the safe sandy beach at Mahanga. 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 st retch along the 35km coast from Nuhaka to Wairoa. In preEuropean 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.

Aerial view of Mahia.



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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: 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 and A&P Show. 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.

Vista Motor Lodge: 27 Spacious Units. Licencsed Restaurant. 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.




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Take time to get connected – it’s in your nature! Only accommodation on shores of Lake Waikaremoana General Store • Petrol • Diesel • Fishing supplies State Highway 38, Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera W: P: 06 837 3826 Email:

Waikaremoana & Te Urewera National Park side trip

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Travel north from Wairoa on State Highway 38, a winding scenic road. Have your camera ready for some stunning photo opportunities.

Tuai Hydo-Electric Power Station and Lake Whakamarino – 45 mintues from Wairoa The attractive hydro Lake Whakamarino, opened in 1929 and is renowned for its large sized brown and rainbow trout. Nearby Waikeretaheke is a popular white water kayaking venue.

Onepoto – 50 minutes from Wairoa Onepoto at the entrance to Te Urewera, the spiritual home of Ngai Tuhoe, has a wonderful view of Lake Waikaremoana. Waikaremoana Great Walk can be the starting or finishing point for the 46km, 3-4 day tramp of moderate difficulty with magnificent forested scenery as it follows the lake shore for most of its length, providing good swimming and fishing along the way. You might even see or hear a Kiwi along the way. The Great Walk can be walked at any time of the year and has excellent hut facilities. Hut passes must be purchased from Department of Conservation before starting the walk.

Lake Waikaremoana – 70 minutes from Wairoa Great place to stop for lunch and picnic lakeside, pick up supplies and fuel from the General Store or stay a night at the Waikaremoana Holiday Park Ph 06- 837 3826 (see advert above). Pick up / Drop off point for great walk Transport and boat launching facilities. The road is now unsealed as it winds its way around the lake

Aniwaniwa – 75 minutes from Wairoa The Department of Conservation runs a Visitor Centre here. Open 7 days in summer and MondayFriday in winter. Phone 06 837 3803. A great source of local natural information, including the Kiwi recovery project. A number of short walks from 30 minutes to multi-day walks start from close to Aniwaniwa. Take the time to walk to Lake Waikereiti (1 hour) to see the most beautiful crystal clear lake water surrounded by stunning ancient native bush.Continue North on Te Urewera Rainforest Route for 2-3 hours to link up with major routes to the central North Island. Return to Wairoa and continue south on the Pacific Coast Highway. Lake Waikaremoana – Andy Belcher Legend Photography


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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. 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 70km A small settlement. 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.

Mohaka Viaduct – photo courtesy of Wairoa District Council. 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.



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Welcome to Napier

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BEACH KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS Quiet beachfront holiday park with spectacular day/night views. Modern, communal park facilities, bike hire, beachfront cycle-way near park, playground, onsite licenced café. 10 Gill Road, Bay View, Napier 06 836 7084


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Freecall reservations: 0800 287 275 Book online:

For detailed information on Napier attractions and events contact the Napier I-site at 100 Marine Parade, Napier. Ph 0800-VISIT US – 0800 84 74 88 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. Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels: 10 Gill Rd, Bay View. 0800 287 275. Featuring Snapper Café – Open 7 days. See advert above.

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Events Diary FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT OPOTIKI i-SITE ON 07-315 3031 OCTOBER 2014 Waihau Bay Labour Weekend Fishing Competition: A popular annual Fishing Tournaments at Waihau Bay Fishing Club. NOVEMBER 2014 8th November – Opotiki Trash and Treasure: Garage Sale/Craft Fair Contact Susan 07-315 8555. 8th November – Opotiki Hospital Reunion. 22nd November – Birds, Brom’s & Fabulous Views Garden Ramble – PLUS High Tea at Flaxhill: Fundraiser for the Lions Club Cancer Lodge. Enquiries phone Florence 07-315 4751 or Winston 07-315 4668. DECEMBER 2014 27th December – Te Kura o Maraenui Surf Fishing Contest: Annual Surf Fishing Contest. School Fundraiser. Main prize is $1500 CASH. Ph 07-325 2688 nz 27th December 2014 to 2nd January 2015 Waihau Bay Tuna Tournament Fishing Competition: Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949. 28th December – Opotiki Rodeo: Huge Xmas attraction. Part of the National Rodeo Circuit. Top Competitors. Contact Denise Young Ph 07304 8850 nz JANUARY 2015 24th to 26th January – Waihau Bay Anniversary Weekend Fishing Competition: Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949. FEBRUARY 2015 Lions Club Paddy’s Market: Auction & Market – Chris Ph 07-315 7933 Opotiki A&P Show & Community Fair: Get creative with shells, seaweed and sand. Limited Entries. Great for the family or a group of friends. Contact Opotiki i-Site Ph 07-315 3031. Flower Show: Held in conjunction with the Opotiki A&P Show. 21st to 28th February: NZ Sport Fishing Council National Fishing Competition: Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949.


MARCH 2015 St Joseph’s School Gala: Contact Ph 07-315 6066. ITM 3 Fish Classic Fishing Competition: Popular Annual Competition. Bigger & better every year with an average of 145 anglers. Open to both land and boat anglers. $25 entry fee. Contact Louise Ph 07-315 5984. Opotiki Charity Concert: This event is internationally recognised, attracting an audience from all around New Zealand and last year from 6 other countries. A must see, the 19th Annual Opotiki Charity Concerts. Visit our website. nz APRIL 2015 Waihau Bay Easter Fishing Competition: Contact Christine Ph 07-325 3949. JUNE 2015 Queens Birthday Weekend – Opotiki BIG 3: Hunting, Shooting, Fishing Competition. Contact Slim Ph 027 554 5544 or 07-315 6880. JULY 2015 10th to 12th November – Fibre & Fleece Fashion Shows, Workshops, Trade Halls, Craft Market: Information, entry forms and tickets can be obtained by visiting www. or writing to PO Box 168, Opotiki. See Pg 28 for more detail. OCTOBER 2015 Labour Weekend – St Joseph’s School 125 year celebrations: Ph 07 315 6066. Labour Weekend – St Mary’s Parish 175th Jubilee: Ph 07 315 6066. Motu Challenge Multisport Event: The course has four sections totalling 172km. Stage one – 65km Mountain Bike. Stage two – 17km Bush Run. Stage three – 52 Road Cycle then 27km Kayak, then 8km Cycle, 3km Run to finish in Opotiki. Contact Opotiki i-Site Ph 07 315 3031. Muriwai Tournament – Hapu Rugby & Netball Competition.

The 2015 Pacific Coast Highway Guide is produced, published and presented with the compliments of the Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Incorporated, P O Box 23, Opotiki. The club acknowledges the assistance of all those who have helped with photographs or content. New content material or suggested additions to this guide are welcomed. Please contact the Editor at P O Box 23, Opotiki. All content of this guide is copyright to the Opotiki & District 10,000 Club Inc. and may not be used without prior consent.

BRIDGE STREET, OPOTIKI Phone 07-315 6603 • Fax 07-315 5040 027 637 0549 • Email 24 HOUR TOWING AND SALVAGE

Emergency Services Ambulance 111 Fire 111 POLICE 111

DOCTORS 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


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

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

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

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DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION (DOC) Opotiki 07-315 1001 Gisborne 06-869 0460 Wairoa (Aniwaniwa) 06-837 3803

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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

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

BE INFORMED Gisborne Head Office 59 Awapuni Road EVERY FISH COUNTS Gisborne Ph 06-869 0870 Contact these offices for your fishing regulations Whakatane Office Obtain & Learn Fishing Regulations. Ignorance is No Excuse. 21 Gateway Drive Whakatane Ph 07-921 3414 0800 4 POACHER



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Oct-14 AM PM 12:04 12:38 12:54 1:32 1:49 2:30 2:50 3:32 3:55 4:34 5:00 5:33 6:02 6:31 7:00 7:25 7:55 8:17 8:47 9:08 9:37 9:57 10:26 10:46 11:14 11:34 12:02 12:22 12:51 1:11 1:41 2:02 2:33 2:55 3:25 3:50 4:16 4:44 5:06 5:36 5:53 6:24 6:38 7:10 7:22 7:54 8:04 8:36 8:47 9:18 9:29 10:01 10:13 10:45 10:58 11:32 11:47 12:22 12:39 1:16

Nov-14 AM PM 1:35 2:13 2:36 3:13 3:40 4:13 4:44 5:12 5:45 6:09 6:43 7:03 7:36 7:55 8:27 8:45 9:16 9:33 10:02 10:20 10:48 11:06 11:33 11:51 12:18 12:37 1:04 1:24 1:51 2:14 2:39 3:06 3:28 4:00 4:18 4:54 5:07 5:46 5:56 6:35 6:44 7:22 7:31 8:08 8:18 8:54 9:05 9:40 9:53 10:27 10:42 11:16 11:33 12:07 12:26 1:00 1:22 1:56

Dec-14 AM PM 2:22 2:54 3:24 3:52 4:27 4:50 5:27 5:47 6:24 6:42 7:18 7:34 8:08 8:23 8:55 9:10 9:40 9:55 10:23 10:39 11:05 11:21 11:46 12:03 12:28 12:47 1:10 1:32 1:54 2:21 2:40 3:14 3:29 4:09 4:20 5:04 5:13 5:58 6:06 6:50 6:59 7:41 7:52 8:30 8:43 9:20 9:35 10:09 10:26 11:00 11:19 11:51 12:12 12:44 1:08 1:38 2:06 2:33 3:06 3:30

Jan-15 AM PM 4:07 4:28 5:07 5:25 6:04 6:20 6:57 7:13 7:47 8:02 8:33 8:48 9:16 9:31 9:57 10:13 10:37 10:53 11:15 11:32 11:54 12:13 12:33 12:55 1:13 1:40 1:57 2:30 2:45 3:25 3:37 4:23 4:33 5:21 5:32 6:18 6:31 7:13 7:28 8:07 8:23 8:59 9:17 9:50 10:10 10:41 11:03 11:33 11:56 12:25 12:50 1:18 1:47 2:12 2:45 3:08 3:45 4:05 4:44 5:02

Feb-15 AM PM 5:41 5:58 6:34 6:50 7:23 7:39 8:08 8:24 8:50 9:06 9:30 9:47 10:08 10:25 10:45 11:03 11:22 11:42 11:59 12:22 12:39 1:06 1:21 1:54 2:09 2:48 3:02 3:47 4:01 4:49 5:03 5:49 6:06 6:47 7:06 7:43 8:04 8:36 8:59 9:29 9:52 10:21 10:45 11:12 11:37 12:03 12:30 12:56 1:25 1:49 2:21 2:44 3:19 3:40

Mar-15 AM PM 4:17 4:37 5:13 5:33 6:05 6:25 6:53 7:13 7:38 7:58 8:20 8:40 8:59 9:20 9:38 9:58 10:15 10:36 10:52 11:15 11:30 11:55 12:10 12:38 12:53 1:26 1:42 2:20 2:36 3:19 3:37 4:21 4:41 5:22 5:45 6:22 6:47 7:18 7:44 8:13 8:40 9:06 9:33 9:58 10:25 10:50 11:16 11:41 12:08 12:32 1:01 1:24 1:55 2:17 2:50 3:12 3:45 4:08 4:39 5:03

Apr-15 AM PM 5:30 5:55 6:18 6:43 7:03 7:28 7:45 8:11 7:26 7:51 8:06 8:31 8:45 9:10 9:24 9:50 10:04 10:32 10:46 11:17 11:32 12:06 12:23 1:00 1:19 1:58 2:20 2:58 3:24 3:59 4:27 4:58 5:28 5:55 6:25 6:50 7:20 7:43 8:13 8:35 9:04 9:26 9:54 10:17 10:44 11:07 11:35 11:57 12:25 12:48 1:17 1:40 2:08 2:34 2:59 3:27 3:49 4:19

May-15 AM PM 4:37 5:08 5:23 5:55 6:07 6:39 6:50 7:22 7:33 8:04 8:15 8:45 8:58 9:28 9:42 10:13 10:27 10:59 11:16 11:50 12:09 12:43 1:05 1:40 2:06 2:38 3:08 3:37 4:10 4:36 5:10 5:33 6:07 6:28 7:01 7:21 7:52 8:12 8:42 9:03 9:31 9:51 10:19 10:39 11:06 11:27 11:53 12:15 12:40 1:05 1:28 1:55 2:16 2:47 3:04 3:39 3:52 4:29 4:40 5:18

Jun-15 AM PM 5:27 6:05 6:14 6:51 7:01 7:36 7:47 8:21 8:34 9:07 9:22 9:54 10:11 10:43 11:02 11:34 11:55 12:27 12:52 1:23 1:52 2:20 2:53 3:18 3:54 4:15 4:53 5:12 5:49 6:07 6:42 7:00 7:32 7:50 8:20 8:39 9:06 9:25 9:51 10:11 10:35 10:55 11:18 11:40 12:02 12:26 12:45 1:14 1:31 2:04 2:18 2:56 3:06 3:48 3:57 4:40 4:48 5:31

Jul-15 AM PM 5:40 6:20 6:31 7:08 7:22 7:57 8:12 8:45 9:03 9:34 9:54 10:25 10:46 11:16 11:40 12:09 12:37 1:04 1:36 2:01 2:36 2:58 3:37 3:56 4:35 4:53 5:30 5:48 6:22 6:40 7:11 7:29 7:56 8:15 8:40 8:59 9:22 9:41 10:03 10:23 10:42 11:04 11:23 11:47 12:04 12:32 12:47 1:20 1:33 2:12 2:23 3:07 3:17 4:02 4:12 4:57 5:09 5:50 6:04 6:41

Aug-15 AM PM 6:58 7:32 7:51 8:23 8:43 9:13 9:36 10:04 10:28 10:56 11:23 11:49 12:19 12:44 1:17 1:41 2:17 2:39 3:17 3:37 4:15 4:34 5:10 5:29 6:00 6:20 6:47 7:07 6:41 7:51 8:12 8:32 8:51 9:12 9:30 9:51 10:07 10:30 10:46 11:11 11:25 11:54 12:08 12:41 12:54 1:33 1:45 2:29 2:41 3:27 3:41 4:24 4:41 5:20 5:40 6:15 6:37 7:07 7:31 7:59

Sep-15 AM PM 8:24 8:51 9:16 9:42 10:09 10:34 11:03 11:28 11:58 12:22 12:55 1:19 1:54 2:17 2:54 3:16 3:51 4:13 4:45 5:07 5:34 5:57 6:19 6:42 7:02 7:25 7:42 8:05 8:20 8:44 8:58 9:22 9:35 10:00 10:12 10:39 10:52 11:21 10:44 12:08 12:21 12:59 1:13 1:55 2:12 2:55 3:15 3:55 4:18 4:53 6:18 6:49 7:16 7:43 8:11 8:36 9:04 9:28

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KEY TO NUMBERS 1. 2. 3. 4.

KG Kayaks Black Beach Grove Boat Ramp, Public Toilets Fantail Cottage, Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park 5. Dene's Beachside 6. Waiotahi Pipi Beds Rest Area & Toilets

7. Pohutukawa Lodge 8. Carved Poles, Surf Club, Public Toilets 9. Island View Holiday Park 10. Brian Willson Fishing Guide. 11. Kukumoa Lodge. 12. Opotiki Golf Course.

13. 14. 15. 16.

Woodlands School. To Hikutaia Honey, Hukutaia Domain Cemetery. OPAC Kiwifruit Packhouse, Opotiki Vet Centre. 17. Aerodrome. 18. Capeview Cottages.

19. Public Toilets. 20. Opotiki Fishing Charters, 21. Tirohanga Motor Camp , Tirohanga Beach Store. 22. To Bushaven, Pakihi Section of Motu Trails Cycleway, Te Waiti Track and Nature Trail.

Lottin Point AUCKLAND


White Lottin Point Cape Runaway Island Hicks Bay Hicks Bay Whangaparaoa TE ARAROA TE ARAROA Waihau Bay Potaka Tokata Tokata East

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Tourist Boat RampBoat Ramp Information Jet Boating Jet Boating Hospital

Bank Bank Rafting Rafting Morere Frasertown Accomm-Mahanga AccommNuhaka Canoeing Canoeing odation odation WAIROA Te Mahia Camping Camping Horse Riding Horse Riding Opoutama Walkway Walkway Surfing Surfing Mahia Beach




MAHIA PENINSULA Caravan Dump Point

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N EW Cape Kidnappers


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Pch 2015 guide complete  
Pch 2015 guide complete  

Pacific Coast Highway Guide 2015. Opotiki, East Cape & beyond - from Whakatane including Gisborne to Wairoa, New Zealand