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
  • It's central and very accessible:
    • Auckland - 2 hours
    • Hamilton & Hamilton Airport - 45 minutes
    • Central North Island Skifields - 2 hours
    • Taupo, Rotorua and East Coast beaches - 1½ hours

“...most of all, I enjoyed walking down your quaint main street with its many colorful shops & restaurants. My only regret was that I did not have more time to enjoy everything your wonderful town has to offer." - Otorohanga visitor

Free Otorohanga map >Our beautiful location means a relaxed, enjoyable lifestyle with some of the most reasonable real estate prices in the country.

For those planning a visit, a week will give you time to enjoy all there is to see and do; you need at least a long weekend to experience all our most famous attractions, everything from the Waitomo Caves to beautiful Kawhia on the West Coast.

Otorohanga i-SITE Visitor Information Centre has a free booking service for visitor attractions.



This official information website, brought to you by the Otorohanga District Development Board Inc. has information for visitors, residents and people keen to establish a business in the Otorohanga District.