What's important in life and what is not? Stepping outside our own immediate world of concerns and looking down on ourselves can be useful skill to acquire.
Gaining perspective is something that is patterned with a walk up to the ancient Maori pa site called Onekawa, some 15 minutes drive outside Opotiki.
With commanding views up and down the coast line and out to legendary Whakaari (White Island) a lookout was kept for approaching enemy waka (war canoes)
Keeping life and its events in perspective is an useful outlook to have. Allow 2 hours for the circuit walk and reflective time at the top.
Closer alternative: An exploratory short walk around the old Opotiki Cemetery.