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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Bay of Plenty > Opotiki


Opotiki is the gateway to the East Cape, and has more in common with that region’s remote, country feel than with the thriving Bay of Plenty to the west. Most travellers stop off here on the way to or from the Cape; if you’re heading into the Cape, this is definitely a place to stock up on cash, fuel and supplies.

There’s not a great deal to detain you in Opotiki for long, but it does offer some attractions. The region’s strong Maori presence is obvious on the town’s main street, which is bedecked with the work of master carvers. The beaches nearby are also fantastic, and there are some good accommodation options around.

Practical information

Opotiki i-SITE Visitor Centre

Corner Elliot & St John Streets, Opotiki
Tel (07) 315 8484
Website www.opotikinz.com
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Coming & going

InterCity Coachlines (tel (09) 623 1503) have buses to Gisborne and Whakatane and Nakedbus.com have buses to Gisborne, Tauranga, Rotorua and Auckland. The Bay Hopper (tel 0800 422 9287 (0800 BAYBUS)) bus goes to Tauranga via Whakatane.

InterCity and Nakedbus.com stop outside the hot bread shop (43 St Johns Street, Opotiki) and Nakedbus.com has an additional stop outside the Opotiki i-SITE Visitor Centre (corner Elliot & St John Streets, Opotiki).

Hostel accommodation

Central Oasis Backpackers

30 King Street, Opotiki
Tel (07) 315 5165

Hunters Backpackers

Corner Church & King Streets, Opotiki
Tel (07) 315 5760

Opotiki Backpackers Beach House

7 Appleton Road, Waiotahi Beach
Tel (07) 315 5117

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