Otaki is a visitor enigma. For the traveler there is state highway 1 presenting a busy and heavy traffic density town environment. And for most that is it. Yet 1.5 k’s closer to the coast is Otaki the community town and centre. What a surprise.
Otaki is divided into three main parts, the beach which is a mainly residential area, the larger and more inland township which contains shops and residential areas and along State Highway 1 near the railway station, the part known as the 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.
Otaki is your classic and delightful country town with sufficient services to serve most within a community and is now a commute town for an increasing number of Wellington workers.
Otaki is a very pretty town that has a great feel good feature going for it. This is a must place at a minimum for a snack, a stroll and to visit to the nearby Raukawa marae which is one of the points of interest of the area, along with one of the country's oldest churches, Rangiatea, which dates from 1846 and take in some of that Maori local history. The Anglican Church also has good prominence.
The total package is great and visitors will love Otaki.