Things to Do

 

Club Talk Charters

Fishing out of Whakatane to White Island or down to Waihau Bay and Ranfurly Banks, Club Talk Fishing Charters offer all different styles of fishing, targeting everything from Trout to Marlin.  They cater to everyone, from professional anglers to anyone who just wants to give fishing a go.

Motu Trails Cycleway

The Motu Trails is one of 21 "Great Rides" officially sanctioned under Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail Programme.  The Motu Trails extends from the spectacular Opotiki coastline through to Matawai, taking riders through a diverse range of landscapes, natural beauty and history. 

The Motu Trails cater for a wide range of cycling abilities and fitness levels. You can ride anything from a short spin up to two or more days. You can even link all the trails together in one big loop.

The Dunes trail component of the Cycleway is a particularly popular walking/running track too as it follows the coastline and remains relatively close to the ptiki township. 

Motu Trails Ltd: 
Located at 138 St John Street Opotiki, a quick two-minute stroll to Opotiki's main street, and very close to the start of the wonderful Dunes Trail.
•    Shuttle bus
•    Secure parking
•    Bike hire (largest range in the EBoP)
•    SUP/Kayak hire
•    Bike trailer hire (not suitable for Dunes Trail)
Motu Trails Ltd shuttle beyond the Motu Trails Cycleway. Consider them for social club events to Rotorua, Whakatane, Tauranga or afar. Assisted bike trips are available too. 

Hukutaia Domain: 

It is a 5-hectare remnant of extensive native forest that was set aside as a reserve by one of the original owners Mr E.M. Hutchinson in the early 1900s. 

Enjoy a beautiful short walk through the native Bush. Of particular interest is the estimated 2000 to 2500-year-old giant Puriri tree. Being hollow the tree was used as a resting place for the bones of Distinguished Dead of the Upokorehe Iwi (Tribe). The tree named Taketakerau was highly tapu (Sacred). 

Although suited for any weather this short track is particularly idyllic when seeking sheltered activities on a hot day. 

To get to the Domain on leaving Opotiki township turn left immediately after crossing the Waioeka Bridge (heading west) on to Woodlands Road and drive 7km to very near the end where you will find the Domain sign.

Opotiki Museum

The Opotiki Museum is a three-storied building situated in the main street of Opotiki.

On the ground floor, there is an extensive collection of implements and vehicles. Displays highlighting saddlery, printing, candle-making, shearing, engineering, the dairy industry and a barbers shop complete the ground floor.

Early pioneer photographs and an exhibition focused on the importance of shipping in early Opotiki occupy the mezzanine floor, while twelve heritage rooms trace history from the arrival of pioneers to the 1930s on the Elvira Sundell third floor, along with the Whakatohea Research and Archives Taonga (Treasures of the past).

Tarawera Falls Track (Kawerau)

A short drive from Kawerau along forestry road leads to the short walking track. The spectacular Tarawera Falls — where water surges out of fissures in a large rock cliff-face surrounded by native bush. The cliff is the end of an ancient rhyolitic lava flow that is believed to have poured from an erupting Mt Tarawera about 11,000 years ago. An abrupt stop to the flow produced these high cliffs. Another 10minutes walk along the track leads to the top of the cliffs where the river disappears into the ground. 

The vegetation here has developed since the 1886 Tarawera eruption. Both pohutukawa and rata are found. An unusual feature is the range of hybrids between these two closely related species that occur in the area. Evidence of this interbreeding can be seen in the variety of different leaf shapes found on the forest floor here.

Please note that there is a $10 permit required for each vehicle to access the private forestry road. These permits can be purchased at the Kawerau i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

Plunket Street, Kawerau 3127.

Motu River Jet Boat Tours

The scenic quality of the Motu River has been described as “unsurpassed”, it travels through the last significant area of untracked native bush in the North Island. The Motu’s banks are covered with unique & rare flora in a setting of awesome splendour. Ancient Maori history abounds and the river was the first in New Zealand to be totally protected by a conservation order.

The Motu river jet boat tour differs from the vast number of jet boat joyrides available throughout New Zealand.

Yes, it's fun & exciting!

This trip also gives people of all ages, access to some country which is totally remote, unaltered by man and is rarely viewed. The commentary concentrates on the ecological and historical values of the river, with the added values of the adventure, & excitement of wilderness jetboating.

Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkway (Whakatane)

Also known as the 'Footprints of Toi', is an exceptional walkway which captures the essence of the Whakatane district.

Highlights

It includes p sites of major historical significance, superb native forest with spectacular phutukawa stands, unsurpassed coastal views, beaches, an abundance of birdlife and a well-formed track.

Ng Tapuwae o Toi (The footsteps of Toi) is aptly named as it traverses the heart of what was once the great chieftain Toi’s dominion. His stronghold, Kapu-te-Rangi (P of Gentle Breezes), is one of the oldest known p sites in the country and is a highlight of the Kh Point portion of the walkway.

It has an incredible panoramic view of the volcanic peaks of White Island/Whakaari through to Mount Tarawera.

This 18km loop can be broken down into smaller tracks depending on what time you have an available. The Mokorua Gorge to Toi Pa section showcases stunning photograph opportunities of the Whakatane township, beach, river mouth, Whale Island (Moutohora) and White Island (Whakaari).