~ Welcome to the hidden beauty that is Opoutere, on the Coromandel Peninsula, in New Zealand ~

Opoutere, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
 

OPOUTERE BEACH

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Opoutere Surf Beach
The last great undeveloped white sand surf beach on the Coromandel Peninsula accessible to the public.  Opoutere beach is protected from development by a forested reserve running almost its entire 5km length.  Exceptionally clear water for swimming, surfing and surfcasting, safest for children at low tide.

Wharekawa Harbour & Wildlife Refuge
At the southern end of Opoutere Beach lies the narrow entrance to the Wharekawa Harbour which is dominated by a spectacular sand spit.  The spit is a breeding ground for several endangered species of sea birds including the "New Zealand Dotterel" and "Variable Oystercatcher".  DOC Ranger on duty at refuge from November through to February during breeding season.

Bushwalks

In addition to the harbour and reserve walks there are easy walks along the beach to Ohui rock pools at the northern end of the beach and into the state forest to visit the historic Phoenix goldmine.  For the more adventurous a good track winds up Maungaruawahine Pa hill through native bush from Opoutere Road to the lookout vantage point on the top.  Unusual stone ramparts that formed part of the Maori fortifications can still be seen in some places near the summit.  The view across the harbour to the site of the sister Pa on Ruahiwihiwi point and the sand spit refuge is reward indeed for the climb

Fishing

Surfcasting:  Opoutere Beach and harbour mouth.
Skindiving:  Around Hikunui Island and south coastline to Pokohino.
Shellfishing:  Plentiful cockles and pipis in the harbour and tuatua in the surf.

Getting to Opoutere

Opoutere village is located some 3.5km from the turnoff on S.H.25 halfway between Whangamata and Hikuai.  A Youth Hostel and public car park for beach access are another 1km further on around the side of the Wharekawa Harbour.

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OPOUTERE DOTTEREL SANCTUARY

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OPOUTERE BEACH

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