Shelters surrounded by native bush over looking the water at Opotaka

Getting Here

Address

Te Ponanga Saddle Road
Otukou 3382

parking no-smoking

+64 4 472 4341

information@heritage.org.nz

Opotaka is located on State Highway 47 between Tūrangi (approx. 10 minutes away) and National Park (approx. 25 minutes away).

By public transport

Opotaka is not accessible via public transport due to its location.

Cycling

The terrain in and around Opotaka is part of the Tongariro National Park, a mountainous area. Keen cyclists should be prepared to ride on the road.

By road

From Tūrangi, head southwest on State Highway 1, then turn right on to State Highway 41 (heading towards National Park). After 2.7km turn left on to State Highway 47 towards National Park. Opotaka is on your left after approximately 9km, down a short, gravelled access road.

From National Park, take State Highway 47 north for approximately 37km. Opotaka is on your right down a short, gravelled access road.

From Taupō, take Volcanic Loop Highway/State Highway 1 heading to Turangi/Palmerston North. Turn right onto State Highway 41 (signs for Tongariro National Park). After 2.7km turn left on to State Highway 47 towards National Park. Opotaka is on your left after approximately 9km, down a short, gravelled access road.

Parking

There is parking adjacent to Opotaka, including space for buses. The access road is gravel, so please drive with care, but the parking area is flat and gravelled, with plenty of space to turn around.


Hours and Entry

Opening Hours

Open every day of the year

Entry

Free

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Accessibility

Accessibility

Opotaka is an outdoor site adjacent to Lake Rotoaira. There are some tracks, but visitors should expect uneven ground, including hidden rabbit holes. There is no barrier between the site and the lake, so children need direct supervision. Some tracks are accessible by wheelchair.


Cafe

Food and Drink

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy with some shelter available. Please remember to take all food and rubbish with you.

This is a smoke and vape free site.

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Children and whānau

There are things for kids to discover at Opotaka, with plenty of room to stretch little legs and explore. Why not practice your haka?

Please note Opotaka is surrounded by water, please ensure children are supervised.

Things to remember

Opotaka is in a relatively isolated location and phone signal may not always be available.