Welcome to Ōropi
Ōropi lies just south of Tauranga and is the perfect escape to the countryside. Its history of forestry and farming has built it into the community it is today, with many lifestyle blocks, orchards, small farms, and floriculture.
Many people aren’t aware of what Ōropi has to offer, from mountain biking to berry-picking, bathing in hot pools and of course, some of the Bay of Plenty’s most wonderful walks. There’s heaps to do!
Check out what you can get up to in Ōropi.
EXPLORE ŌTANEWAINUKU FOREST
Ōtanewainuku Forest is home to some great family-friendly walking tracks and spectacular waterfalls. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Tauranga and The Mount.
If you’re heading south from Tauranga, you’ll find the entrance and carpark on Mountain Road just past Ōropi.
It’s also home to the North Island Brown Kiwi (lovingly cared for and protected by the Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust).
Check out some of the walks on the DOC website.
MOUNTAIN BIKING AT ŌROPI GROVE MTB PARK
Pedal through stunning native bush and forest at Ōropi Grove Mountain Bike Park. With 18 epic well-built trails to choose from, it’s an awesome place to ride and is one of Tauranga’s best kept secrets.
You’ll find the main entrance just next to 440 Ōropi Road.
Find out how to access the park and view a park map here.
SMALLGUSTA MINIATURE GOLF
The golfers miniature golf! Smallgusta is the first miniature golf course of its kind in New Zealand and as a designated 1:10 scaled golf course, potentially the world!
Smallgusta's elevated location in the Tauranga hinterland allows for stunning panoramic views of Mauao and the ring of well-preserved pā sites in the region.
At the same location as Oropi hot pools, it's the perfect place to test your skills and strategy on the nine hole course, have a beverage in the garden bar and finish up with a relaxing soak in the hotpool.
RELAX & UNWIND AT ŌROPI HOT POOLS
1 Warner Road, Ōropi
There’s no better option after a lovely walk through Ōtanewainuku Forest than with a soak in a heavenly hot pool. With public and private pools to choose from, you’ve got the option of a family fun-filled day, or a romantic escape. And did we mention there’s also a beauty spa?!
There’s also an onsite café as well as The Ōropi Country Club, where you can wind down and enjoy some refreshing brews and tasty food.
Open Wednesday to Sunday.
Check out the website here.
PICK YOUR OWN BERRIES AT SOMERFIELDS
1002 Ōropi Road, Ōropi
This locally-owned, family operated business offers some of the Bay’s finest berries. You can pick your own strawberries, shop for some delicious raspberries, strawberries and blueberries or delight in a real-fruit ice-cream.
Somerfields Berryfruit Farm is the perfect excuse for a summer family outing.
Open daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from November until mid-January each year.
Find out more on their Facebook page.
TEE OFF AT RENNER PARK GOLF
168 Ōropi Rd, Ōropi
The Western Bay’s 9-hole public golf course is set amongst the stunning, rolling hills of Ōropi. With a unique pleasant valley setting, there’s fun obstacles such as water, trees and dog-leg holes.
Finish up a round of golf at the fully licensed bar & café, whilst the young ones putt away at the 18-hole mini-putt course.
Visit their website for more info.