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Hukutaia Domain

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Woodlands Road, Opotiki, New Zealand
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Peace and Tranquility

Took some South Island visitors there today... such a beautiful place and so special. Great to see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robyn V
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Opotiki, New Zealand
Wonderful walks in some lovely bush

This is a lovely area of native bush .Great collection of native plants and well looked after by... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
travic
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Port Douglas, Australia
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The Hukutaia Domain ranks as one of Opotiki's main attractions. It is a 5 hectare remnant of extensive native forest that was set aside as a reserve by one of the original owners Mr E.M Hutchinson in the early 1900's. Mr Norman Potts was instrumental in developing the reserve with walking tracks and touring all over New Zealand (plus outlying islands) gathering rare and endangered plants some of which now form a very valuable botanical collection. Mr Marc Heginbotham followed on with Mr Potts work. Of particular interest is the 2000/5000 year old giant Puriri tree. Being hollow the tree was used as a resting place for the bones of Distinguished Dead of the Upokorehe. The tree named Taketakerau was highly Tapu. Local resident Marnie Anstis has written a book entitled the Millennium Tree which is based on the life of Taketakerau. The Domain is owned by the Opotiki District Council. A Care Group looks after the Domain by way of maintenance, pest control and development with generous help from the Council and Environment Bay of Plenty. Brochures, information sheets and notices about various topics are available in the Domain. There is no charge to visit the Domain. To get to the Domain turn left immediately on leaving the Waioeka bridge (heading west) on to Woodlands Road and drive about 7 kilometers to very near the end where you will find the Domain sign. The Domain is looked after by the Hukutaia Domain 'CARE GROUP' a small group of volunteer locals with a keen interest in the welfare of the Domain. Work includes track maintenance and improvement, pest control, signs, information and data.
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Woodlands Road, Opotiki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took some South Island visitors there today... such a beautiful place and so special. Great to see there has been some maintenance done too...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely area of native bush .Great collection of native plants and well looked after by volunteers. Well worth a visit if only to see the Bural tree thought to be over 2,000yrs old.

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

A nice place to spend an hour with child/children for a forest walk. Very large Kauri tree hut it is a small area and for adults not much to see, easy walking and evidently a popular venue for wedding pictures

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

The Hukutaia Domain has been a favourite place of mine since I was very young and frequently visit when I can. It’s well maintained with new wooden walkways. It’s a great place to have a picnic and to sit and watch the native birds. The...More

1  Thank bageladventures
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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Impressive large native trees, ferns and bush as well as curious native birds. Well positioned tree identifiers, maintained walkways and clean public toilets.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Hikutaia Domain is a nature reserve in Opotiki. It's easy to get to at the end of Woodlands Road and there is ample parking. Walking around the bush is relaxing with wide paths and lots of named trees and shrubs. The tracks are suitable for...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Not for everyone I'm sure, but to people with a passion for nature, connecting with Mother Earth and learning a bit more about botany and Maori culture - then this place is worth the visit. The domain is well kept, with trails easy to follow...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here on a day that was really warm in Opotiki and it was nice to wander looking around

Thank colonialhouseopotiki
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

This is quite a magical place. Listen to the different bird sounds and walk carefully through the huge range of local fauna. It is free and there is a small car park. Quite safe for children and there are three routes..the fastest takes around 8...More

Thank ScottishPrincess
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Delightful native bush area with good paths and lots of signs with names of the plants. Highlight is Taketakerau The Burial Tree - information pamphlets available describe the history of this 2000 year old Puriri tree (there's also a book available to purchase that is...More

Thank Grant N
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