Places to Stay and Visit


Why not visit the Tirohanga beach Holiday House? The accommodation abuts the beach. Swimming, surfing, fishing and beach walks are easily accessible. There are several golf courses nearby. From your deck, view White Island one of New Zealand 's most active volcanoes. Tirohanga beach is less than a 2.5 hour drive from either The East Cape, Rotorua, Tauranga or Gisborne

Kayaking, jet boating and white water rafting are available in beautiful Waioeka Gorge and on the scenic Motu River . Horse back riding, bush walking, hiking, tennis and squash are nearby. Opotiki hosts The Fiber and Fleace Festival, and The Motu Challenge.


The Homestay is located 7km outside of Opotiki heading towards the East Cape, in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand . Opotiki is a Agriculture Center for the Eastern Bay of Plenty producing Kiwi fruit, Avocados, Citrus, and many other products.

Accommodation - Homestay and B&B

They offer two self-contained units, each with its own stove, refrigerator, TV, kettle, toaster, cutlery, dishes and pots. Tea and coffee are available. All towels and bedding are provided. Your comfort is their pleasure!

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Places to Be!

The word is out - Motu is the place to be! Described as "the jewel in the crown" by a growing army of admirers scattered around the world, the Motu Road is definitely pulling in the crowds. Mountain-bike riders, car cruisers and even walkers are going out of their way to experience the Motu in all its glory.

From Great Britain to the United States to Japan , the word is out - the Motu is the place to be. What may seem like small talk to some has worked wonders on Opotiki this summer. There has been a steady flow of international travelers pouring in, drawn to this region by the Motu.

Grant Koia of the Travel Shop, Opotiki Information Centre manager Tina de Ruiter and Hinterland Adventures director Sam Coleman have all noticed this marked increase in Motu followers. These fans have really not been too hard to spot. Bound to have a sparkle in their eyes, a glow in their cheeks, a spring in their steps. And of course, there's the non-stop talk about the Motu that's virtually impossible to ignore. "It's (the Motu) more popular than ever. People are talking," Ms de Ruiter said.

Mr Koia, Mr Coleman and Ms de Ruiter believe the Motu Challenge has made a big contribution to this somewhat exciting level of international interest in the old coast road. No doubt the New Zealand Hinterland Rally, which features four stages in the Motu, has also done its bit. Ms de Ruiter has been working at the centre for more than seve-and-a-half years and she reckons the knowledge on the Motu has increased dramatically in that time. "People are coming in here and they already know something about the Motu. In the past people had some awareness about the Motu, but these days their knowledge seems more extensive and in-depth."

Mr Koia supported her comments and added that he has seen more overseas visitors pop in who have been keen to hire bikes to take in the Motu. Mr Coleman has noticed there has been a lot of interest in the Motu from both tourists and locals, especially in the past 12 months. "It really is the jewel in the crown and a lot more people everywhere are realising this," Ms de Ruiter said.