Itineraries

Westwards on a driving adventure through the northern King Country

While you’re at Kamahi Cottage take the opportunity to explore a few corners of the historic and beautiful King Country region we call home. It’s an area of rich farmland, rolling hills and valleys, limestone caverns, black iron sand beaches, native forest and friendly rural towns.

Set out after breakfast and drive from Kamahi Cottage to Kawhia on the West Coast, looping back via Waitomo and Otorohanga.

Kamahi Cottage – Otorohanga Kiwi House – Kawhia / West Coast – Waitomo Caves –– Otorohanga - Kamahi Cottage

Kamahi Cottage – Kawhia

Leave Kamahi Cottage and drive 15 kms to the Otorohanga Kiwi House www.kiwihouse.org.nz. It has NZ’s largest collect of native birds and reptiles and you’re guaranteed to see kiwi (or get your money back).

Tip: Fill your vehicle with fuel before you leave Otorohanga

Tip: Fill your vehicle with fuel before you leave Otorohanga.
Brown kiwi chick - Otorohanga Kiwi House

Leave Otorohanga on State Highway 39/31 and head to Kawhia on the beautiful West Coast. You’ll drive on a winding road through rolling hills and native forest. Stop at the scenic pull-off area at Oparau for your first glimpse of the stunning Kawhia Harbour.

Kawhia Harbour views
Kawhia Harbour views

Before you reach the Kawhia township turn into Ocean Beach Road and drive through the forest to the small carpark at the end. Walk over the dunes and along the beach to Te Puia Springs, where you can dig a hot pool on the beach (2 hours before and after low tide).

Hot pool on Ocean Beach Kawhia
Hot pool on Ocean Beach Kawhia

In Kawhia check out the Kawhia Museum and the beautiful foreshore and harbour.

Ocean Beach, Kawhia
Ocean Beach, Kawhia
Kawhia harbour and foreshore
Kawhia harbour & foreshore

Kawhia – Te Anga crossroads

Leave Kawhia and wind your way inland to the crossroads at Te Anga. You’ll  drive through rolling farmland and along beautiful harbour inlets at Te Maika south of Kawhia.

 

At the Te Anga crossroads take the road towards Waitomo Village (State Highway 37).

Te Anga Crossroads – Waitomo – Otorohanga – Kamahi Cottage

A few minutes’ drive from the Te Anga Crossroads you’ll pass the access to the spectacular Marokopa Falls (there’s a well-defined pull off area for parking on the right and a 10 minute walk through native forest to the 35 metre high waterfall).

Marokopa Falls
Marokopa Falls

5-6 minutes’ drive from the Marokopa Falls there’s access on the left to the Mangapohue Natural Bridge, another stunning free attraction.

Mangapohue Natural Bridge
Mangapohue Natural Bridge

Waitomo Village is home to several world famous glowworm cave and Black Water Rafting attractions like Waitomo Adventures www.waitomo.co.nz Spellbound www.glowworm.co.nz  and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves  www.waitomo.com

Spellbound Glowworm Cave
Spellbound Glowworm Cave

Leave Waitomo Village and turn left onto State Highway 3 to Otorohanga – if you have kids with you, check out the Jim Barker Memorial Playground at the south end of town. Visit the main street Ed Hillary Walkway with its Kiwiana display cases and Otorohanga’s great range of shops and cafés.

Jim Barker Memorial Playground
Jim Barker Memorial Playground

Head back home to Kamahi Cottage

 

For Keen Walkers...

Click here for lots of interesting local information on Waitomo and King Country walking tracks – everything from 10 minute walks to 7 hours of hiking.