Local Services

Services in, and near, Opotiki.  This is your last opportunity to buy petrol and supplies before heading out on SH 35

Opotiki is the nearest town centre to Whanarua Bay and is a little more than an hour’s drive away. Whakatane, a larger community, is a further 30 minutes to the West.

Opotiki town has a population of about 4,000 with a further 5,000 in the rural farming population. Almost 60% of the population is Maori. Opotiki has a great supermarket, a library, book shop, Post Office, restaurants, chemists, doctors and dentists. It also has a terrific café in Church Street called Two Fish.

Most everyday services can be found in the township, several petrol stations, automotive repair garages, farm supply shops, electricians, plumbers and other maintenance and repair tradespeople. There are several denominational churches. There are also motels, hotels, eateries and camping grounds. There are educational facilities for students at all stages and there is a high school at Te Kaha.

Three free internet zones in Opotiki, are available for public use; a travel shop on Church Street, the Library in Church Street and Opotiki Superette, also on Church Street.

There is also a New World supermarket (freephone 0800 4 NEW WORLD.)

Information Centres

The Information Centres (ISITE) in both Opotiki and Whakatane  are great places to visit – people are happy to help with information about activities and where to find services. Opening hours vary according to the time of year but usually open from 9.00am – 4.30pm weekdays and on weekends from 9.00am – 1.00pm. They are usually open for extended periods during the holidays. There is also an iSite in Gisborne.

Phone: 07 315 3031 (Opotiki) and 07 306 2030 (Whakatane) and 06 868 6139 (Gisborne)

For links to all websites  see below

Opotiki Information Centre 



Courier service

Eastland Couriers provide a local delivery service run by Sam Wirepa. He works between Opotiki and Potaka and does the trip, there and back, every day.

Sam will collect any groceries from New World Supermarket in Opotiki and deliver it for $10. He will pick up almost anything you might need from Opotiki. All such pick-ups should be pre-ordered and paid for. He also runs a passenger service.

Phone: 027 4394 738 or 07 315 6350.

Bus service

Passenger Services on State Highway 35 include Bay Hopper, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays. The service to Opotiki is from Te Araroa to Opotiki return and leaves Whanarua Bay at 9am, arriving in Opotiki in time to connect with the InterCity (bus) Service North at 10.30. The bus starts its return back along the coast at 2.45pm, leaving from the Opotiki I- Site. The cost from Whanarua Bay is $11.20 one way and $22.40 return.

The business is run by Regina Brooking.

Phone: 022 4152 385

Library nearby

Opotiki Library is located on the corner of Church and Kings Streets and is open 10.00am – 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays, and on Saturday from 9.30 – 12.30. An annual administration fee of $2.00 applies to adults.

There is free internet access and an e-Book facility. The library has a collection of approximately 35,000 books covering adult, young adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction and access to other items through the National Library Interloan system. The Library also stocks magazines and major newspapers.

Film and theatre

The De Luxe movie theatre also serves as a general theatre for live shows, seating 500. The modern mini theatre seats 50 and shows digital movies.  The annual Fibre & Fleece exhibition takes place around May – July and is gaining in popularity – it’s a great opportunity for creative people to exhibit and be seen.

Opotiki Police Station

The Police station  is at 29 King Street in the centre of Opotiki. Phone: 07 315 1110

Local council

The local District Council is active in promoting the district and manages most utilities and facilities at Whanarua Bay including planning permission, rates assessment and collection, street lighting, recycling and rubbish disposal.

Opotiki District Council

Health services nearby

The closest medical centre to Aruhe is in Te Kaha. For emergencies, there is a hospital in Opotiki.

Te Kaha Medical Centre
6680 Main Road, State Highway 35
Te Kaha 3199

Phone: 07 325 2803
Fax: 07 325 2703
Practitioner: Dr Rachel Thomson

Open: 8.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
After hours: Opotiki Hospital 07 315 8500

Dentist Nearby

There are several dentists in Opotiki. For an emergency, ask your host to check or phone the I-site.  For regular appointments consult the phone directory.