Otaki Travel Guide

  • The old homestead.
    The old homestead.
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Otaki Things to Do

  • Take a trip to Otaki Forks

    Otaki Forks is the primary western entrance to the tararua Forest national Park.There is a wide range of activities here including campibg sites, picnic sites, short and longer walks (1/2 hr to 3 1/2 hr's), swimming holes, and wnetrance to the forest park proper for longer tramps. Access to the many huts in the forest park can be made from here as...

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  • Visit the Maori Church

    Rangiâtea Church in Otaki, New Zealand was the oldest Mâori Anglican church in New Zealand. This church is well worth a visit. there are many historical facts here that make it interesting. IE :- Queen Victoria donated an alter frontal, Inia TeWiata also donated and designed one. He is actually burried in the church yardIn 1848, Te Rauparaha who...

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  • Found the ancestors

    It was a very moving thing for me to find the graves of my great grandparents. They died in the 30s, I never met them. And there was a plaque for a man called Dick ( a brother, maybe?) who died in the Great War in 1918. And his wife Daisy, who died two months later. Maybe in the flu pandemic?And then I found the graves of great aunts Vi and May -...

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  • Postscript.

    A word of warning. Cafes shut up shop really early. It was a cold, wet miserable day and my bus left at 5-45pm. So I found a coffee bar in the township with a comfy sofa and prepared to settle in. But then the floor was being swabbed etc and I was told they closed at 4. Golly, that's early.So I walked up to the highway and all the cafes - including...

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  • While I was admiring the view ...

    ... from the top of the hill by the war memorial I saw more graves down in the valley. So I set off cross country along the ridge and found a useful style over the fence - and found some ancient graves, and some recent graves, lovingly decorated with coloured pebbles and glass flowers and teddy bears and all manner of decoration ... (but many Maori...

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  • On Anzac Road

    If you have relatives buried here then they will be registered on the Kapiti cemeteries website. There are many really old graves here, which is why I kept searching for my ancestors even though they they weren't on the register.Eventually I asked at the library and found there were at least four burial sites in Otaki.PS Many pukeko sightings to be...

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  • Too many cemeteries in Otaki.

    Because my great grandmother and father were both catholics, she was Italian and he was Irish, I had reckoned for sure I would find them in the convent cemetery as I had had no luck in the public cemetery.But no joy.I paused and admired the view. The rainclouds were gathering again. Though the climate in Otaki must be better than in Wellington...

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  • Convent cemetery

    I walked up the hill to the convent cemetery but it was just the burial sites for the religious who had served in the convent. Plus a depiction of the crucifixion as a war memorial for the boys from the attached school. There was a sign on the gate asking visitors to close it because of the sheep who kept the grass down. And there were signposts...

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  • Time capsule

    This little guy was guarding the time capsule on the lawn of St Mary's Catholic Church until 2050. I had a quick think and reckoned I probably wouldn't be around then. But I was curious about what had been put in the capsule for the future to wonder about.

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  • Pukekaraka - St Mary's Catholic Church

    Established 1844.This convent, church and marae have been beautifully restored. Well worth a look.On Convent Road which starts off as Te Rauparaha Road. Must be some connection to Te Rauparaha (famous Maori chief) in this area because I walked past a monument to him.But I was after the convent cemetery on the little hill next to it. Looking for the...

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  • The Family Hotel

    Accomodation- Restaurants - Bars.I was so cold and wet and tired I really had to have a strengthening whisky - so I popped into this pub and really really liked it. (It is in the main township halfway between the highway and the beach.) Agreeable staff, one of the best smoking areas I have found. Quaint, old fashioned atmosphere. A little run down,...

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  • Now a Playhouse.

    My great aunts, Vi, May and Phyllis used to run this cinema. I just remember visiting it and them as a child.Now it is a playhouse, again. It used to be a playhouse apparently.On a slow night in Otaki might be fun to go and see the local amateurs. I noticed they had a play on called The Country? This Country? Something like that.

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  • Otaki must have needed an outlet

    And it got many of them. It now appears to be outlet central. I noticed - Bendon, Pumpkin Patch, Kumfs, Katmandu, Norsewear - oh, too many to remember. All in the main drag through the town. If you liked shopping it would be worth while stopping for an hour or two or three as you head north. Or south.

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  • Railway Hotel

    Next to the deserted railway station. One of three hotels in town. Offers budget accomodation, but I emailed them to see if I could stay there and they never replied. I am rather glad because it looked rather sinister and down at heel. Think they are going for the itinerant trade, and sporting groups.I noticed a motel - the Otaki Motel - on the...

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  • Handicrafts

    There are two basketmakers in Rahui Road just off the highway, almost opposite the info centre. Any small town in NZ would have its share of artisans, potters and weavers and blacksmiths and etc etc. That's just the way it is.

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