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11 Bay of Plenty heritage attractions to visit: DAY 4 - Stop 1


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Memorial to 1865 invasion of Whakatohea of Maori land Memorial to 1865 invasion of Whakatohea of Maori land


Opotiki is a great place to slow down and adopt the pace of the East Cape. The gateway town to Gisborne has beaches to wander, forests to explore and rivers to swim. Hututaia Domain, south of the town centre, has one of the finest collections of native plants in New Zealand.


  • Walk the main street and admire the Maori carvings
  • Spend time in the Opotiki Museum
  • Hututaia Domain walk with its ancient native trees
  • Waiotahi Beach estuary and Pipi Reserve
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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).

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