Approximately 30 minutes east of Whakatane lies Opotiki. This historically and culturally rich seaside settlement ia the gateway to the stunning East Coast region. Must dos include a visit to Opotiki's Historic Heart and a walk along Waiotahe Beach.
With the majestic Tarawera River flowing though its heart, Kawerau is as pretty as it is exciting. Must dos here include a visit to Tui Glen Adventure Farm or an authentic Kiwi experience with East Bay Adventures.
The Murupara region is 85 kilometre's, an hour's drive south of Whakatane. In this isolated and ageless corner of New Zealand, lies a small township in the heart of a region full of native bush, rivers, forest and farmland. Murupara is an ideal place to visit if you really want to get away from it all. The area is full of walking tracks, rivers and streams to fish and outdoor adventures.
Murupara is the entry point for the Whirinaki Forest Park that offers a range of walking tracks for every level of fitness and mobility. From an easy half-hour stroll to a rugged, five-day tramp, there is something for everyone.
Te Urewera National Park is also accessible from Murupara for a myriad of walking and hunting adventures.
Before making your decision, read the literature available or consult the Department of Conservation literature available from the Rangitaiki Area DOC office. Explore with care and make the necessary preplanning for a safe encounter in this wilderness area.
Department Of Conservation
Rangitaiki Area Office and Murupara Visitor Centre
Main Road, PO Box 114, Murupara
Telephone: 07 366 1080. Facsimile: 07 366 1082. Website: www.doc.govt.nz
Murupara is also famous for it's Trout Fishing and there are a number of guides available to take you to the many streams and rivers to fish. Legendary locations include the Whaeo, Whirinaki and Rangitaiki Rivers, Horomanga Stream and Lake Aniwhenua.
Murupara and the small back-country communities which dot this magnificent landscape are not major tourism destinations but home to genuinely warm people who are wonderful and interesting hosts and are very proud of their area.
Accommodation options range from motels and backpackers and farm-stays, park huts and campgrounds to luxury lodges and cottages. Whatever your budget or taste, the people of this land will welcome you to their world.