The Wharf Hub offers home stay benefits at affordable backpacker rates. Stay and experience the era when our rivers were our roads or take a journey into the future when we work in true partnership with nature.
The Wharf Hub offers comfortable homelike facilities and a feeling of traveling back in time. The antiques about can all be used.
We also offer you suggestions for themed voyages that you can take, many at no cost. Your stay here will be both comfortable and memorable.
Associated with 'The Wharf Hub' is REAF, the base to New Zealand's only Community Reef building effort. This is about working as a true partner with nature to enhance marine life. It incorporates Maori cultural perspectives.
'The Wharf Hub' villa itself has a range of bedrooms and sleeping options, including a decommissioned boat. We can cater for individuals or small groups.
Our pricing plan for one night includes a continental breakfast; stay longer and you get access and help with all our range of recreational gear including mountain bikes, river/sea kayaks, fishing rods and more. fast on the first day, and longer. Such gear is usually time consuming and costly to hire elsewhere.
'The Wharf Hub' itself is nearly 100 years old and we aim to keep its original character.
Beds are made up ready for you. The large home provides full facilities for your stay. A simply 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 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 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. You can catch fish in the river, (no licence required) cycle 10 km on the Motu Trails sand dunes trail section 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'.
You can just use 'The Wharf Hub' as your East Coast base to explore the many unique things and heritage of the area - or just relax and do little.
Being by the wharf we specialize in marine and river activities. We offer complimentary marine and NZ themed videos. Some may want to take one of our own unique Marine Life Tours or REAF 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 and Waioeka Gorge (NZ's longest), 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. (Complimentary of course) 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. Just staying here helps make a difference and getting involved with our fisheries enhancement project will help 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. (Free) 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 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 but in 'The Boat House'. He is around the property with cleaning, maintenance 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. 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.