The Wharf Hub offers heritage, interaction, education, and the opportunity to give back to the marine environment. Provincial towns are oft described as 'real New Zealand'. Stay and find out why.
The Wharf Hub offers good clean inexpensive 'ship shape' accommodation, unique guided voyages and awesome self guided experiences.
The Wharf Hub by the historic Opotiki Wharf (Quay) is an authentic large old villa with high ceilings, yet it also has the modern conveniences that guests appreciate, such as gas heated showers and free fast unlimited wifi.
Aspects of the river and harbour estuary can be viewed from all bedrooms of the house. The gardens are aesthetically planted with fruit trees and NZ natives for screening. In the grounds can be seen displays of the marine enhancing reef modules built and deployed in the designated 'Community Reef' area.
The bedrooms are spacious, with comfortable beds made ready for you, dotted with period furnishings and provide a space for you to be on your own when ever you wish.
The shared kitchen dining living area is well equipped with gas top stove, electric oven, two fridges and large dining table. Connected at the back door is a covered deck area with BBQ facilities and deck table and chairs.
Guests find The Wharf Hub a very convenient place to stay. Its a flat five minutes walk into the historic Opotiki township. Some like to remain independent, set your own break away self discovery agenda, partake of the breakfast, and share a quick conversation with fellow guests.
Still others like to partake fully of the opportunity to discuss 'voyage' insights with fellow guests, partake of the houses' ambience, plan for a shared meal together, make friends and set future plans.
The Wharf Hub's ship like theme sets the stage. Here's an opportunity to take a break away from your busy lives, be active and yet reflect, no one gets sea sick, and for many its a voyage of discovery to see the world anew.
If there is no one about then a key safe is mounted next to the back door. The number code will be sent to you on booking. Please feel free let yourself in and make your self at home if no one is about.
Interaction with guests
Lloyd your host and a 'voyage' facilitator usually stays over on the same property in a decommissioned launch which is also his office. He is generally around the property with cleaning, maintenance, hosting and facilitating duties throughout the day. He is also an active Coast Guard skipper and fisherman, so may be called away at any time.
Other things to note
You are welcome to use, eat any vegetables, fruit or herbs you might spy growing in our gardens.
There is a designated smoking seat and butt kettle outside at the back of the property .
The driveway gate is closed at night but easily opened by sliding the wooden bolt across at the top.
Suggestions for improvements to enhance your stay experience are always welcomed.
The Wharf Hub provides a smoking restricted environment.
We encourage food and drink only to be consumed in the dining area. You are expected to keep things 'ship shape' and leave your room clean. Our reef building project presents hazards for unsupervised children.
There is usually fresh fruit, frozen fish and vegetables available for your use. (FREE)
A teacher by profession, sustainable fisherman, Coast Guard Skipper and life long learner who now enjoys living by the water in Opotiki.
I now blend my experiences of living and working in predominately Maori communities, building a Community fish reef, being an accommodation provider and more into a unique blend of experiences designed to help others develop meaningful lives - with a nautical bent of course.