About Opoutere and Ohui


Upon discovering Opoutere most people never forget it, finding themselves compelled to return. Some decide to stay forever and are lucky enough to call Opoutere home.  Here is a little potted history, Opoutere 101, if you like:

From Wikipedia:

District Thames-Coromandel District
Opoutere is a locality and beach on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. It lies to the east of State Highway 25, south of Pauanui and north of Whangamata.

The Wharekawa Harbour lies to the south east.

The name “Opoutere” means “place of floating posts”.[4]

The first known settlers of the area were the Ngāti Hei.

[ Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi Te Ngati Hei and The Crown, Agreement In Principle Equivalent NgatiHeiAIPE]

They were supplanted by the Ngāti Hako in the mid 17th century, but Ngā Puhi raids during the Musket Wars of the early 19th century left the area without a permanent population.

In the 1870s and 1880s, gold prospectors staked claims on quartz outcrops around the Wharekewa Harbour, resulting in half a dozen major gold strikes, and several mines being established in the 1890s. Kauri logging was underway in the 1890s too, and as it petered out, gum-diggers moved in. At the start of the 20th century, there was a settlement of about 50 people near the mouth of the harbour, with a store, a bakery and a post office. An Anglican church was built but was taken over by Ringatu worshippers. As the forest disappeared and the gum industry declined in the 1920s, the village also declined. By the late 1930s, the shops had closed, and the church had been abandoned. Farming and the planting of pines for the Tairua State Forest gradually healed the land.

After World War II, a few families from Auckland and Hamilton built baches beside the harbour, and in the 1950s a holiday store and a camping ground opened. Three small subdivisions were established in the late 1960s and 1970s, but the local community resisted further development during the 1980s.

[Opoutere features in a summary report commissioned in 2010 by the Thames Coromandel District Council “Coromandel Community Board Heritage Study”, click on Whangamata

For a fascinating examination of the Historic Heritage Resources of the whole Coromandel Peninsula read the “TCDC Heritage Review Project” document here]

Opoutere School is a coeducational full primary school (years 1-8), with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 103. A native school was first built in 1908, but the original school building later became a youth hostel.

[Find the school here. Visit the Education Review Office for the most recent (2103) ERO report. ]


“Opoutere Travel Guide”. Jasons Travel Media.
Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 17. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 45. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
Michael King (1993). The Coromandel. p. 130. ISBN 0-908884-29-X.


One Comment on “About Opoutere and Ohui

  1. Kia ora to everyone involved in the Opoutere Ratepayers and Residents’ Association

    Alan Preston here in Mangawhai , Kaipara District.

    We’re updating contacts for Ratepayers groups throughout New Zealand on our http://www.ratepayersandresidents.org.nz website with a view to making it easier for ratepayers to locate groups operating in their areas and so that we can communicate with each other to co-ordinate our resources to solve the issues that affect us – especially at central government level.

    The Chairman of the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents’ Association ( Bruce Rogan and his wife Heather ) have recently ( August 2017 ) won a landmark case in their dispute with the Kaipara District and Northland Regional Councils in the High Court. This victory comes after a long battle fought by the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association against the Kaipara District Commission ( aka Council ) and central government and has huge implications for how all councils will interact with their ratepayers.

    For a detailed insight into what’s been going on ,go to :

    Please consider forwarding this through your networks and please get back in touch with us if you’d like to add your group’s contact details to the Ratepayers and Residents database.

    Alan Preston
    09 4315389 or 02102377242

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