From the historical Māori kāinga (settlement) of Opotaka near National Park you look directly out to Motuopuhi Island, where Māori rangatira (chief) Te Rauparaha famously hid from his pursuers in a kumara pit. The event was the spark for ‘Ka Mate’, the famous haka later adopted by the All Blacks in which the great Ngāti Toa chief describes emerging from doubt and darkness into the light of day.
Opotaka is an outdoor site adjacent to Lake Rotoaira. There are some tracks, but visitors should expect uneven ground, including hidden rabbit holes. There is no barrier between the site and the lake, so children need direct supervision. Some tracks are accessible by wheelchair.
Food and Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy with some shelter available. Please remember to take all food and rubbish with you.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Children and whānau
There are things for kids to discover at Opotaka, with plenty of room to stretch little legs and explore. Why not practice your haka?
Please note Opotaka is surrounded by water, please ensure children are supervised.
Things to remember
Opotaka is in a relatively isolated location and phone signal may not always be available.