Map showing Opera Point Pa and Craig’s Sawmill

The pa is one of several Māori sites that occupy Te Rehutae, the north head of Whangapoua Harbour. While the features are somewhat obscured, it is a good example of a headland pa site in a fantastic coastal setting.

The track up to the pa makes its way through dense bush, nikau palms, and ancient pohutukawa. Near the highest point on the headland the track crosses some terraces and the ditch and bank defences of the pa. At the summit you will be rewarded with excellent coastal views. Please note that this is not an official DOC track. DOC is planning to upgrade the track as currently it is steep in sections and becomes muddy and slippery after rain.

Opera Point is off State Highway 25 between Coromandel and Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. At Te Rerenga take the turn off to Whangapoua and proceed to the DOC car park.

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