Unsullied, isolated, and soul-refreshing are words that best describe Lottin Point.

Located on the East Cape of New Zealand, the trip from Opotiki to Gisborne, State Highway 35, offers the chance to get off the beaten track and exit the rat race. This trip is one of the countries greatest, yet least know road journeys. It’s not difficult to leave the stress behind and return to another era, where peace and quiet in New Zealand was once the norm.

The drive from Opotiki to Gisborne is 334 km long, with windy, sealed roads, yet around every corner there will be something new to see. If you want to give it justice, take a few days.

Stunning headlands, remote country, empty bays and coves, and Manuka clad bush peaks mixed together with remote settlements and farms make this part of New Zealand the greatest place to recharge your batteries.

It’s summer country, the sun-kissed altar of Sir Apirana Ngata.

Like anywhere in Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand meaning ‘the land of the long white cloud’, there are plenty of things to do along the way including fishing, diving, hiking, horse riding and cycling, and of course spending time on the beach.

Break the journey and spend a night or two at Lottin Point Motel. Lottin Point Motel is 132kms from Opotiki / 202kms to Gisborne and is a mecca for fishing and diving. Whatever your preference, be it surfcasting, diving or boat fishing, Lottin Point is acclaimed for big fish. The options are pretty much endless, some steep ledges and some awesome rocky broken country, the spots to fish tend to be dictated by conditions rather than anything else.

The best way to travel is by car to give you the flexibility to go where you please, when you want.

In a place like the East Cape you will definitely want to explore.

About Lottin Point Motel

From January 2017, Gary and Marija Dalziel will take the ownership of Lottin Point Motel.

The new owners wish to acknowledge Ducky and her late husband Bruno Clausen. Lottin Point Motel is the product of several decades of hard work and vision. Their reputation for hospitality will always be associated with Lottin Point and the East Cape. Stories of Bruno Clausen and his loyal partner Ducky will be told for many years by travellers and fishermen from all parts of the world.

Gary and Marija will strive to meet the hospitality standards that have been set over the years.

“Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa”[Maori Whakatauki]

Let us keep close together, not wide apart