Things to do in Opotiki

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Things to Do in Opotiki

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  • GangWarily
    Nanoose Bay, Canada360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely shady walk on a hot summer day through native forest. Is this what all these pastures were like before they were cleared. The burial tree is a highlight but the entire walk is enjoyable. Lots of silver fern here.
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • Vicki W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Edo95
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hello Isite staff, here's the italian long hairs and beard guy who barely speaks english 😂

    I really wanna say thank you a lot, because you welcomed me so kindly and with big patience to make me understand what i needed to do at that moment, I certainly wouldn't have known how to do it alone because of my bad spoken english, and you even helped me get an appointment (for free!) with a lawyer after a lot of internal phone calls that I would never have gotten to so quickly thanks to you, saving me a lot of effort and stress and money!

    I really appreciated it ❤️

    So i'm trying to give you my best thanks with this review, and by the way, next time you deal with CDD form to apply for an IRD number, it was just enough to go on the Inland Revenue NZ site and go for " New arrival to New Zealand - IRD number application ", and it's just sufficient to provide an address, whatever it is, and apply for it whithin the date the visa has been released of the person who have applied for it. Just a simple example, the date i had to come to New Zealand was the 17th May 2024, so i had to apply in that way within the 17th May for the IRD number, because my visa has been approved last year in 17th May 2023 and i had time until that date. I Hope it makes sense 😂 otherwise, after that date, the process changes and it must be achieved in another way that Inland Revenue NZ site explains as " Living in New Zealand and not a new arrival - IRD number application ".

    I hope I have given you back the favor with this little explanation if you will find yourself explaining the IRD number application to a backpacker like me again :)

    And don't forget about Workaway volunteering website! 😂😂😂

    Thanks a lot again

    Edoardo, italian backpacker guy ;)
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • joy532
    Hamilton, New Zealand233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Linda
    Auckland34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Tess041
    Tauranga, New Zealand219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • 0616MartyB
    Dublin, Ireland128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We travelled through on our motorcycles - wow.
    Had a brilliant spin in good weather - little or no traffic. Road signs were excellent advance notice - one of the best spins ever - highly recommend it. We were travelling N => S.
    Written 24 January 2023
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  • Rach9631
    Auckland, New Zealand87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Tawhitokino
    Lyndhurst49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Chris D
    Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Zealand233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • ingridh173
    Nelson, New Zealand141 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were told by the local Council that Te Kaha beach had an official 'Freedom Camp' area. However, when we arrived, we found nothing but 'No camping' and 'Private/No Entry' signs. When we enquired about the Freedom Camp site at a nearby shop, we were informed that 'the locals' didn't want visitors, and recommended to keep driving to Te Araroa instead. We were quite shocked to find out that there are locals that can be hostile towards visitors and felt rather threatened. We drove on another 90kms, to spend a night at a 'safe' NZMCA camp. We have travelled over 15,000 kms with our campervan and have never felt threatened or unsafe before when staying at an official Freedom Camp - until we arrived at Te Kaha. Very disappointing and disconcerting indeed.
    Written 28 August 2022
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  • AmigonKitty
    Opotiki, New Zealand19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A year ago I did exactly that! Now I love it and the course gives me a different challenge each visit. The people are great, very helpful and patient! The views are awesome and I can even see where I live. Gotta go and play a round.
    Written 1 January 2019
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  • AJH1001
    Wellington, New Zealand20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Zealand41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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