To stay at The Wharf Hub is also to go on a voyage. The heritage home with its useable antiques is enough to take you back in time, while NZs only sea ranching effort displayed in our garden will transport you into the future.
There's more too.
The Wharf Hub with its nautical theme offers comfortable homelike facilities and a feeling of going on a voyage. The character heritage home by the wharf and harbor is complemented by displays outlining our adjoining futuristic seabed enhancement project, boats and orchard trees.
'The Wharf Hub' villa itself has a range of bedrooms and sleeping options, even including a decommissioned launch. We can cater for individuals, families or small groups.
The extras we offer are quite optional. Our pricing plan includes continental breakfast on day one along with a guided tour of our sea ranching project, day two includes mountain bikes suited to the Motu Trails cycle/walkway, day three includes kayaks for exploring the harbor estuary, day four includes a guided tour of a local highlight Taketakerau the 2000 year old burial tree, and day five a whale walking or glow worm grotto tour.
'The Wharf Hub' itself is nearly 100 years old and with its native timbers and tall ceilings, it too has an influence on making your voyage memorable. The original Shacklock Orion wood stove is useable . Experience authentic wood stove cooking. The meals (and pizzas) it can cook are superb.
Beds are made up ready for you.
The Master's Room overlooks the rivers and out to sea. It has a queen bed with period furniture. The Upper Deck room can accommodate up to 4 people in single beds, The Sunny Oak cabin room has a double bed and Below Decks with its original wood paneling can also sleep 4. So there's many ways we can accommodate you, your family or your group.
There's many other unique local activities right on hand. Right outside 'The Wharf Hub' is a free water park offering fun and river swimming. Over the bar is great fishing and further out again is the world's largest open ocean aquaculture venture with off shore active volcano White Island being further out yet again.
Some like to use the opportunity of staying at The Wharf Hub for exploring the isolated and very picturesque East Cape area, Waioeka Gorge (NZ's longest), or take day trips to Whakatane, Rotorua and White Island.
Being also 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 deck area are spacious and equipped with radio, CD player, DVD and HD TV, wood stove in Winter, and WIFI Internet. Full kitchen cooking facilities, gas stove, gas hot water, laundry.
Interaction with Guests
Lloyd your host stays on the same property usually in 'The Boat House'. He is around the property with cleaning, maintenance, hosting and facilitating 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. Horses being ridden about town are commonplace, swimming is in the river outside. 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 off street parking for six vehicles on the property.
Other Things to Note
A house now has a new deck area and second toilet. Other smaller improvements are always being made to restore the character of the home.
The Wharf Hub provides a smoking restricted environment.
Food and drink are not to be consumed in bedrooms.
You are expected to live tidily and leave your room clean.
There is usually fresh fruit, frozen fish and vegetables available for your use. (FREE)
Make sure you dont go past Opotiki without staying at Lloyds wharf hub, well positioned location and great layout in the house. The room was very comfortable with antique desk and chair, super comfortable bed with electric blanket, nice little room heater everything you need! Lloyd is a wonderful host makes you feel right at home and happy to share whatever you need - even made me dinner! Lloyd also shared his visionary project to repopulate the sea life in our oceans inspirational! I'll be back : ) Highly recommended
Lloyd was a super host! He was helpful and provided us with more than we needed to make our stay with him very enjoyable.
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.
I love being out on the sea and hope that fishing will be part of my great grand children's inheritance. My hobby is about growing more fish in the sea.
Offering accommodation at the The Wharf Hub allows me to share snippets of knowledge on how we can all develop a stronger connection with our life giving oceans.