About Otaki

Local History

Otaki is a town in the Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand, situated half way between the capital city Wellington and Palmerston North. It marks the northernmost point of the Wellington Region. Otaki enjoys one the best all year round weather patterns in New Zealand. The town’s population is 5600 (2001 Census). It is located on State Highway 1 and the North Island Main Trunk railway between Te Horo and Levin.

In the early 19th century, the area was inhabited by Maori of the Ngati Ruakawa Iwi, who had migrated from the Kawhai area from about 1819, under the leadership of Te Rauparaha. They had supplanted the Rangitane and Muaupoko people. The nearby Raukawa marae is one of the points of interest of the area, along with one of the country’s oldest churches, Rangiatea, which dates from 1846.

The town is sited close to the banks of the Otaki River, some 3 kilometres from its outflow into the Tasman Sea. It is divided into three main parts, Otaki Beach which is a mainly residential area, the larger and more inland Otaki township which contains shops and residential areas and along State Highway 1 near the railway station, the part known as Otaki Railway. The surrounding district is largely agricultural, with market gardens, and the economy of the town is largely based around service industries for the farming community.

Caring for our Environment

Sustainability policy

We are committed to running our business as sustainably as possible. Here are some of the ways we minimise our effect on our environment:

  • Switching off all electrical appliances when not in use.
  • Outside security lighting is controlled by sensors and timers. Light fittings have been upgraded with energy efficient bulbs throughout.
  • We only use our washing machines if we have a full load and wash with cold water. A drier is only used in prolonged wet weather when other drying options are not suitable.
  • We recycle as much as possible. Compost bins have been built for the collection of leaf drop and green waste. A mulcher is kept on site to provide mulch for garden beds.
  • Dual flush toilets are featured throughout the property. Gas fired direct hot water systems avoid the heat loss of storage systems and provide mains pressure showers, which are enjoyed by guests.
  • We purchase green products where possible

Heat pumps have been installed in all the cottages and gas hot water and cooking hobs are efficient sources.

How you can help
We would appreciate it if you could play your part too, and turn off lights and electrical appliances when not in use, re-use towels, and sort your rubbish for recycling.