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Wharf Hub in Opotiki by the river and out to sea

Welcome aboard.

We run a nautical theme at the Wharf Hub.  Going back 100 years when our rivers were our roads, voyagers often stayed here waiting for their ships to arrive or depart.  Our connection with the sea is still strong today.


Nowadays the Wharf Hub is where you are able to grow your connection with marine life through the ancient art of Sea Gardening.


While there are direct benefits for you and marine life in doing this, you will also be helping a low socio-economic township grow toward health and wealth.

The Wharf Hub is the centre for

  • Short hour long introductory tours on 'Sea Gardening'

  • In depth 3 day workshops on 'Reef Building'

  • Zeand fishing experiences

  • The office of charitable 'Opotiki Community REAF Trust.'

  • Varied accommodation options for travellers.

The Wharf Hub center offers a voyage into a regenerative future where our vision becomes attuned to working with nature and enriching the community we live in.

For many this may involve a slight shift in ones mind set.

Our Mission.

'The Wharf Hub's mission is to enhance marine life and human well being.'

Innately we can all sense that these two things are interconnected - marine life and human well being.  After all no one wants to live by polluted waterways nor have oceans that are devoid of marine life.  Our mission is to enhance the life of both.  

Sea Repairs road sign

"The key elements that are likely to make up the future of tourism involve human interaction, education, genuine experiences and an element of giving back." 

Wharf Hub Opotiki Accommodation and Sea Gardening

The Wharf Hub.

In 2010 The Wharf Hub was purchased and restoration work begun.

The home was built by William Walker back in 1922 from assorted native timbers shipped in from the East Coast.

It offers an accommodation base and larger property immediately by the Opotiki Wharf where work on the Community Reef could continue.

Our History.

In 2007 a pioneering concept of building a 'Community Reef' close to the Opotiki Harbour entrance which would provide more diverse and sustainable fishing for the local community was born. This was a time of rapidly rising fuel prices and talk of a quota cut to just 3 snapper per person. (It was reduced to 7 and size  increased to 30cm).

While deploying artificial reefs to improve fishing was common overseas, the same issues of fish depletion or what is known as the 'tragedy of the commons' keeps reoccurring.
Albert Einstein is quoted as declaring  "You can't use an old map to explore a new world."

In this light we evolved our thinking to 'Seabed Enhancement', and applied sustainable indigenous Maori environmental concepts  known as 'kaitiakitanga.'

Very clearly 'invoking the spirit' is a fundamental part of such a system and world view. Four key elements to the project were identified in the  early days of marine enhancement work that are now depicted as a logo on the bow of our office boat at the Wharf Hub. 

An entity REAF (Recreating Enhanced Areas for Fish) was formed for registration purposes, and is now included in the affiliated Charitable Trusts name Opotiki Community REAF Trust.

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