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  • Vicki W
    2 contributions
    Waiotahe Beach is an absolutely beautiful gateway to the East Cape. The fishing is excellent, particularly over the summer months, good for surf casting or long liners.

    For picknickers or day trippers thoroughly recommend setting up for the day under the pohutukawas about half way along the beach. Apart from around the river mouth at the Northern end of the beach most areas are save to swim, best nearing high tide.

    White Island sits directly out from Waiotahe ( approx 15-20kms offshore), and can be seen quite easily on most days, usually puffing a small plume of white smoke., pretty spectacular if you haven’t seen her before!

    We like to fish the Northern end on an I ncoming tide, and best results for snapper are usually on change of light or an evening fish.

    The Opotiki Surf Life Saving facility and toilets are situated at the southern end of the beach, the club only manned on more popular days (holidays and weekends usually).
    Written 6 April 2022
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  • Linda
    Auckland31 contributions
    Wonderful spot - no exaggeration on this one (which we thought our guidebook tended towards with some other local 'sights' including the other church 'opposite' this one. This and Tikitiki church were probably the highlights as regards buildings in this area (and we're not church afficionados!). There are great maraes but they were all closed, despite guidebooks saying otherwise. East Cape lighthouse was the other great feature as regards buildings.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • 764delwynb
    Papamoa Beach22 contributions
    A little outside Opotiki is this piece of ancient native forest - the highlight being the Burial Tree. Beautiful bush
    Written 25 February 2022
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  • joy532
    Hamilton, New Zealand249 contributions
    If you like peace and tranquillity well this is the road to find it.
    we luckily had no traffic coming towards us and the scenery
    in certain spots was stunning.
    Wood Pigeons and native flora as far as the eye can see.
    went through on motorbikes . a little rough for cyclists but doable
    Written 2 December 2019
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  • Mediterranean Kitchen
    Hamilton, New Zealand10 contributions
    Beautiful native bush, river views, nice places to stop along the way, and a few museum type stops, etc.
    Written 29 January 2021
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  • Rach9631
    Auckland Central, New Zealand62 contributions
    This is a true example of what happens when thing get done right. An amazing natural attraction and facility for both locals and tourists.

    So we split into two groups. Two of our group did the whole circuit in about 6-7 hours. The whole trail was well signposted and the trail lived up to expectations. The rest of the group and kids did the Dunes trail. It was fantastic, so well marked out an easily achievable trip for the kids.

    Major kudos to the local groups that work so hard (and normally unpaid) to keep this top notch.

    We will be back for sure!!
    Written 4 November 2020
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  • Tess041
    Tauranga, New Zealand206 contributions
    We did the 18km return bike trip to Waiaua along the ocean (kids 10 & 12 and all on normal bikes, not ebikes). What a truly beautiful track, such a stunning part of the country and beach & surf the whole way along. Good track, nice board paths, up and down but nothing too strenuous. Lots of places to stop. Only grumble would be those blasted bikestops you have to go through as have to keep getting off your bike, pity there isn’t another way to keep the horses/motorbikes out. Would definitely do this trail again, and easy drive from Ohope where we were staying. Loved the bridge too. Would thoroughly recommend.
    Written 9 April 2021
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  • Tawhitokino
    Lyndhurst39 contributions
    Opotiki museum is a brilliant provincial asset, with high quality and extensive displays covering a wide range of local history. Without doubt the highlight is the roadside shops with a large quantity of original contents from many time periods and a brilliant record of how things were done before computers arrived - a fabulous and sometimes overwhelming insight into a bygone era.
    Written 9 April 2021
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  • Mouthu
    Auckland, New Zealand44 contributions
    Lady at the I-Site charming and helpful. Good to see visitor information open on a Sunday morning, very happy with the service.
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • Chris D
    Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand265 contributions
    its a bit of a hike but worth the views when you get to the top. you see all the way down the coast one way and over towards whakatane the other beautiful
    Written 17 January 2018
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  • joy532
    Hamilton, New Zealand249 contributions
    always a lovely ride through this majestic spot with
    numerous areas to pull off and enjoy.
    on a fine day it is nice to relax and on a wet day the river
    shows a different side.
    Written 13 January 2020
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  • Sophia C
    Whitianga, New Zealand8 contributions
    We really enjoyed our trip with Mark up the Motu River. Beautiful untouched scenery. Mark is a very safe driver. Would love to return when more water in the river, to go further! Thank you Mark.
    Written 16 April 2021
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  • AJH1001
    Wellington, New Zealand20 contributions
    Can’t recommend this company enough! Very helpful and went above and beyond for me and my 3 kids. Took the shuttle up to the Pakihi track and had an awesome day out. Thanks Ngaio!
    Written 21 January 2021
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  • KiwiTraveller20111
    Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
    My wife and two young daughters decided to cycle the Motu trail and from my wife ringing to ask about the tail to the end - the customer service from John & Ngaio was magnificent.

    The views on the Motu trail ride are outstanding and we did the 19km bike ride with stops in 3 and a bit hours.

    What we were blown away with was my bike (it had a little breakdown - these things happen) and after ringing John & Ngaio they came straight away with a new bike which was simply outstanding customer service (we were 7km out of town).

    They girls loved it and Ngaio even gave them certificates when we finished.

    A+++++
    Written 5 January 2020
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  • Pien K
    Tauranga, New Zealand27 contributions
    Great place to stop for a nice coffee. Very friendly people. Beautiful shaded garden with lots of tables and chairs. The homemade macadamian icecream with chocolate was extremely good. Would definitely go back.
    Written 16 February 2020
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