Map showing Opito Point Pa

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

Access 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.

The site is off State Highway 25 between Coromandel and Whitianga. At Kuaotunu take the signposted turn off 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.

Photograph by Kevin L. Jones.

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