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Otorohanga - central North Island, New Zealand

The Otorohanga District has two main centres:


Otorohanga – a thriving rural service town with excellent shopping and service industries.


Kawhia – a coastal village on one of New Zealand's most beautiful harbours; a stronghold of Maori culture and tradition.


Otorohanga District quick facts:

Otorohanga is home to the world famous Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. Otorohanga has successfully branded itself as New Zealand's official Kiwiana Town.


There's a main street Kiwiana Display Gallery, murals, sculptures and beautiful flower baskets. Even the public toilets are a light-hearted tribute to Kiwiana and NZ's popular culture!


Otorohanga is on a major tourist route - Waitomo Caves Village and an amazing range of tourism and adventure attractions are only 15 minutes from the centre of town There are stunning West Coast beaches at Kawhia and Aotea - 1 hour's drive


Otorohanga is home to the world famous Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. Otorohanga has successfully branded itself as New Zealand's official Kiwiana Town.



  • Auckland - 2 hours

  • Hamilton & Hamilton Airport - 45 minutes

  • Central North Island Skifields - 2 hours

  • Taupo, Rotorua and East Coast beaches - 1½ hours

Otorohanga the Kiwi town

Otorohanga has been New Zealand's official kiwiana town since 2002. Watch video below to find out more about our town.


Kiwi Korero

Te Puia Springs Hot Pools, Kawhia


Hot Water Beach - Kawhia
Hot Water Beach - Kawhia

Are you aware we have our very own Hot Water Beach right here in the Otorohanga District? No need to travel to the crowded Coromandel this summer with Te Puia Springs only an hour’s drive away at Kawhia.


Geothermal activity under the sand in a section of the Ocean Beach causes this natural phenomenon.


When you arrive at Ocean Beach, take a 5-minute walk over the sand dunes and down to the water line, walk slightly north (right as you face the water). You should see small raised areas of sand, steam rising, feel warm sand and smell sulphur – this is where you (or the kids) start digging! Read More


Upcoming events

Check out local events and happenings - Otorohanga is a fun town!

World Travellers King Country Shave for a Cure Charity Auction

Friday 29th June 2019 7.30pm at the Otorohanga Club

Welcome! We are hosting a charity auction in support of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. They are a non government funded organisation, so every dollar raised is all worth it! There will be some AMAZING items up for auction, as well as several people being auctioned off to get their hair shaved off. The auction will be held on Friday the 29th of March, at 7:30pm. Otorohanga club, southern lounge. $35 a ticket, which include a complimentary drink at the door and supper. Tickets can be purchased at either Otorohanga Club, world Travellers King Country, or Stand Easy Coffee.