Hukutaia Domain is 4.5 hectares of native bush remnant, featuring ancient Puriri trees, mighty Tawa, and many varieties of ferns, moses and fungi. It provides a glimpse of how the local area looked before culitvation of the land changed the landscape.
A highlight is the magnificent Taketakerau burial tree, a 2000-year-old puriri used in ancient times by the Upokorehe iwi.
Easy to find with plenty of parking and also has Restrooms. Just a short drive from Opotiki. An easy walk so take your time, listen to the birds and stop and have a good look at the huge puriri tree and enjoy this lovely peaceful spot to be in.
Hukutaia is also a collection of native plants and trees, gathered from all parts of New Zealand and its off-shore islands. There are an estimated 1500 different varieties in amongst the 700 specimens, many of them labelled.
The Dunes Trail
The Dunes Trail is situated right in front of the park, jump on your bike, start riding, walking or jogging from here. The western end of the trail begins at the Pakowhai ki Otutaopuku Bridge in Opotiki and continues on out to our park here at Tirohanga (7 km). From Tirohanga the Dunes Trail finishes at Jackons Road which is a further 4 km to the east.
This entire Dunes Trail section meanders along a spectacular stretch of coast where there are many panoramic views of the sparkling Pacific ocean, including White Island (Whakaari) and the East Cape ranges (Raukumara Ranges)
This is an easy (grade 2) trail that caters for cyclists, walkers and runners. It's great for children, with many places to access the beach. The trail is undulating with easy gradients. A return trip to Opotiki for a coffee plus time to stop for a swim and a picnic along the way is a nice half day trip for the family.
Ride the Pakihi Section of the Motu Trails
It has quickly become apparent that the Pakihi Section of the Motu Trails is THE section to ride. Everybody wants to do it but it becomes expensive when travel, accommodation, transport and equipment are taken into consideration.
We've figured out a way to make it affordable AND get the best out of the Pakihi Trail. This opens the Pakihi Trail up to the average level rider and makes it achievable in a days ride.
How it works
Depart Tirohanga Motor Camp 8am
We have a contact for a driver who will travel with you in your vehicle to the top of the Toatoa- not the start of the Pakihi down hill section. He will then drive your vehicle back the same route to your accommodation here at Tirohanga Motor Camp.
Biker Drop off 9am at Meremere / Toatoa
You and your friends bike the Pakihi Trail. Having removed the arduous uphill section, the majority of it will be downhill (there are uphill sections so don't think you’re getting off lightly).
Ride the Pakihi to Opotiki 9am - 1pm/3pm.
By the afternoon you should be back in Opotiki, stop in for a coffee / break if you wish.
Dunes Trail back to Tirohanga Motor Camp.
Cycle the Dunes Trail (an easy warm down 6k's) back to Tirohanga Motor Camp, where your car will be waiting and you can enjoy a cold beer!
The benefits of doing it this way...
It removes the 447 meter / 26kms uphill grind leaving only a 13km ride to the start / top of the Pakihi Track.
Getting you to the best riding from the start - a dedicated mountain biking track, Pakihi section
Makes the ride more affordable and achievable for an average riders skill level
Makes the ride more achievable in a day's ride.