Opito Point Pa

Opito Point Pa

Opito Point Pa

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Marios Gavalas

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approx 2 km return | 45 minutes return

Opito Bay is a sweeping expanse of golden sand with generally gentle surf and a mesmerising outlook to a multitude of offshore islands including the Mercury Islands. Spectacular cliffs and coves are hidden on the southern side of the headland, including some pink cliffs and dramatic offshore reefs.


Opito Bay is 8.5 km from Kuaotunu along the unsealed, winding and steep Black Jack Road. Continue to the carpark at the end of Opito Bay Road, where there are toilets and picnic tables.


From the carpark, drop to the beach and skirt the rocks at the base of Tahanga Hill. Continue along the beach for 15 mins to the base of the headland and the DoC sign. Climb the wooden steps to the flat summit, where there is a network of informal tracks exploring the remains of the headland pa.


Tahanga Hill dominates the beach at the southern end. It is composed of fine grained basalt rock, which the early Polynesian settlers used to carve adzes. Archaeological evidence has uncovered them as far north as Houhora and south to Taranaki.

Polynesian History

The southern headland was formerly a pa site. Ngati Hei are the mana whenua and the area has been settled for over 700 years. Occasional depressions on the summit platform were probably food storage pits.


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelWhitianga


  • Walking
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