Opotiki is the gateway to the East Cape, with its rugged forests and ranges. Opotiki's safe, sandy beaches offer good swimming, boating and surfcasting. The town services the horticulture, dairying, agriculture and forestry industries, with kiwifruit, avocados, citrus, feijoas, berries, pip and stonefruit among the crops grown. The Opotiki area has a strong Maori tradition, and the town's main street is lined with the works of local carvers.

The route around the East Cape from Opotiki reveals many lovely beaches, bays, rocky headlands and reserves, while an alternative drive wends its way from Opotiki to Gisborne, passing through the scenic Waioeka Gorge.

Geographic Location

Located at the Opotiki harbour between the mouths of the Waioweka and Otara Rivers, 60km southeast of Whakatane

Population

4000

Climate

Mediterranean

Summer: 22 - 26°C
Winter: 12 - 19°C

Average rainfall: 1440mm/year