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Harbour Kayak Trail

The Opotiki Harbour (Pakihikura) and estuary offers an excellent semi sheltered area very suited to beginner kayakers to both gain skills and confidence and explore.

We offer a laminated guide chart to help you with your voyaging and local bird life booklet.


Its easy to spend a couple of hours exploring  places of interest like around the wharf or under the new 'golden gate' cycle-way swing bridge.

Alternatively  kayaking 2km out to the sandy spit beach  at the harbour's entrance, check out the new Harbour groynes, or glide gently up close to observe sea birds of many species, some endangered.

The area is rich in history and ecology too. Huntress  Creek is a shallow estuary so named because this was where the troop transfer ship 'Huntress' went aground and was set alight. 


Walk to the seat atop of the Wahi Tapu  ( Sacred) lands where in earlier time fierce inter tribal battles were fought. 


​A hot shower and dry towel await you back at the Wharf Hub.

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