Introduction

The pa at Opito Point is a good example of a medium sized headland pa. It occupies the whole of the point at the eastern end of the Kūaotunu Peninsula.

Like most headland pa, the site relied on the steep cliffs of the headland to thwart attackers.

Access on to the pa is via a staircase-track at the east end of Opito beach. Much of the earthworks remain intact and are clearly visible.

From the air: the pa site is on the tip of the headland, right of centre.  Photo: Kevin L Jones.
From the air: the pa site is on the tip of the headland right of centre. The steep cliffs acted as formidable defences

These include four defensive ditches, numerous pits, and terraces. Explore the impressive earthworks while taking in the magnificent views of the Mercury Islands and Opito Bay – a beautiful white sandy beach typical of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Getting there

The site is off SH25 between Coromandel Township and Whitianga. At Kūaotunu take the sign posted turn to Otama Bay and Opito Bay down Black Jack Road. Follow this unsealed road to the car park at Opito Bay. The site is a 10 minute walk along the beach from the car park.

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