Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty, is located at the confluence of the Waioeka and Otara Rivers.
The name Opotiki originated from the name of a spring, O-Potiki-Mai-Tawhiti, situated on the eastern bluff above Waiotahi Beach.
The extensive Bay of Plenty coastline provides large stretches of safe, sandy beaches alternated by rocky points ideal for swimming, fishing, boating, or scuba diving. There are also numerous rivers for fishing, rafting, kayaking and jet-boating.
The town (population 5000) marks the “fork in road” where SH2 continues for 147km via the magnificent native bush-lined Waioeka Gorge and over a saddle in the ranges to Gisborne; or branches into SH35, part of the Pacific Coast Highway, which winds its way for 334km around the spectacular East Cape to the same destination.
Opotiki is the starting point for The Motu Trails, one of the great rides in the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, click here for more info.