Those who stay at The Wharf Hub commonly discover something more than they expected. The heritage home, riverside location, Motu Trails cycleway and unique marine project have their own way of imparting a new spirit within.
The Wharf Hub offers comfortable homelike facilities and a feeling of traveling back in time. You can use the Wharf Hub as your Opotiki base to explore the many unique things and heritage of the area.
The Wharf Hub villa has a range of bedrooms and sleeping options that can cater for individuals or small groups.
We have a simple pricing plan with incentives for you to stay longer and make the most of your time in the area.
After a day becoming familiar with the Opotiki town and area we then offer per day use of kayaks, mountain bikes, fishing lines and guided tours of special spots to be found in the East Coast area.
The Wharf Hub itself is nearly 100 years old and we aim to keep its original character. Currently there is just the one bathroom with another being added. Beds made up ready for you. The large home provides full facilities for your stay. A well equipped kitchen, laundry, dining, wifi, books, video and HD TV all go to make your stay easy and comfortable.
The Master's Room overlooks the rivers and out to sea and has a queen bed and period furniture. The Upper Deck room can accommodate up to 4 people in single beds, The Sunny Oak room has a double bed and Below Decks original lounge room can also sleep 4. So there's many ways we can accommodate you or your group.
There's many other unique local activities right on hand. Right outside The Wharf Hub is a free water park offering excellent fun and river swimming. You can catch fish in the river, cycle10 km on the Motu sand dunes trail starting out front, help build a reef, go whale watching, star gazing, kayaking, beach walking and more to see and do all from 'The Wharf Hub'.
Being by the Wharf we specialize in marine and river activities. We offer complimentary marine and NZ themed videos and encourage you to think about taking one of our own unique tours or workshops.
Set your own agenda depending on weather and your inclinations. We have the gear, directions and support for you make the most of your stay in Opotiki.
Many who stay here at 'The Wharf Hub' use it as a base to go out and explore the isolated and very picturesque East Cape area, (get to be the first in the World to see a new day start) or take day trips to Whakatane, Rotorua and the active offshore volcanic White Island.
The Wharf Hub makes for a great place to come back, refresh, enjoy the evening. There's opportunity to share your experiences with others and learn about the other 'must see or do' things in the area.
The house has simple yet clean and comfortable furnishings. We are more functional than flashy (the house was built in 1922 when rivers were our roads.)
If you come by bus to Opotiki give us a call and we will pick you up and drop you off at the end of your stay. There is no public transport, not even a taxi in Opotiki as everything is within walking distance.
Opotiki is a picturesque town by the coast but accounted as a poorer socio economic town. Your stay here and involvement in our fisheries project can help make a difference our fisheries enhancement project will help to reverse this tend and build health and wealth for the people.
An original Shacklock Orion wood stove is installed. Experience authentic wood stove cooking. The meals (and pizzas) it can cook are superb.
Most of the year The Wharf Hub is very peaceful, and is close enough to hear, glimpse and smell the sea. The front sun downer veranda is ideal for relaxed enjoyment of evening sunsets and watching the night sky.
The home overlooks the historic Opotiki Wharf which is where you can join locals in catching a sea trout (kahawai) fish for dinner or whitebait from Sept to Dec. There is an excellent two lane concrete boating ramp here too if you have your own boat. There's plenty of parking space on the property.
Being so close to the Opotiki CBD allows you to leave your car at home and take a 5 minute walk to bars, great restaurants, Museum, and explore the historic Opotiki Township on foot.
The kitchen/dining area and lounge are spacious areas and equipped with DVD and HD TV, wood stove in Winter, and WIFI Internet. Full kitchen cooking facilities. Electric stove, gas hot water, laundry.
Lloyd your host stays on the same property in 'The Boat Shed'. I am in and out of the house with cleaning and hosting duties throughout the day.
Guests commonly see the neighborhood as real New Zealand. The town is rich in Maori culture reflecting the majority Maori population. Children riding horses bareback on the river stopbanks outside, swimming in the river. There's no parking meters or wardens anywhere. This is a poor but friendly town.
There's no buses nor even a taxi in Opotiki. Walk, use our courtesy bike, or ask if you need a lift somewhere. There's plenty of parking on the property.
A new deck area and another toilet/shower are currently under construction. Many other improvements are underway to make it easier for small groups.
Ahhh. My arrival met with a few obstacles! I've almost completed my 6 week, 1300 mile push bike adventure around the North Island! What a joy it was for me to arrive at this unique place. I was enthralled with the sea ranching work Lloyd is doing and have worked to spread his message as I've cycled on! The fishing expedition was wonderful, too. Two nights of rest before heading onward around the East Cape! Stay here! It's paradise!
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What an incredible authentic home and location. Definitely real New Zealand. My favorite part was Lloyd leading us out to Taketakerau, the 2000-year-old tree. It was an awesome experience. Thank you, Lloyd.
What a nice experience we had at Lloyd's place!
Firstly, the house is great: a unique historic building with a cosy atmosphere! We also really appreciate the eco-thinking there is at the house. However, we were the most impressed by the host - Lloyd. He was so friendly and helped us a lot with different things! Besides, you can hear nice stories from him!
Maybe next time there will be time for fishing also ;)
Lloyd was a great host and the house is fun and comfortable. I learned a lot from my chats with the host and loved the little town. A very real New Zealand experience.