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Introducing Opotiki

The Opotiki area was settled from at least 1150, some 200 years before the larger 14th-century Maori migration. Maori traditions are well preserved here, with the work of master carvers lining the main street and the occasional facial moko passing by. The town acts as a gateway to the East Coast, and has excellent beaches − Ohiwa and Waiotahi − and an engaging museum.