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14 reasons why we love Ōtaki

1. Scenic beauty: Ōtaki boasts stunning landscapes, from the picturesque beaches to the lush greenery that surrounds the town. These include Kapiti Island, Ōtaki Beach and Ōtaki River.


2. Gardens, farms and beautiful places: The welcoming atmosphere and tight-knit community make Ōtaki a warm and inviting place to call home. Lavendar Creek Farm, Trinity Rose Gardens,


3. Cultural richness: Ōtaki is steeped in heritage and culture, including Māoriland and the Māoriland Film Festival, Rangiatea Church, Toi Matarau Gallery. Visit their website or Facebook page.


4. Local markets: our very own Ōtaki Market and awesome Kids Market, offering everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts, creating a lively and bustling atmosphere.


5. Delicious cuisine: From quaint cafes to local eateries, Ōtaki is a haven for foodies, offering a diverse range of delicious dishes to satisfy any palate.


6. Outdoor adventures: Nature enthusiasts rejoice! Ōtaki provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking trails, water sports, and bird watching.


7. Historical charm: With a rich history, Ōtaki is dotted with historical sites and landmarks that tell the tale of its evolution over the years, including the Ōtaki Museum.


8. Artistic expression: The town embraces the arts, with local galleries and street art contributing to Ōtaki's vibrant creative scene.


9. Family-friendly environment: Ōtaki is an ideal place to raise a family, with excellent schools, parks, and recreational facilities catering to all ages. Plenty of awesome playgrounds, parks, and a very cool swimming pool.


10. Festivals and events: From cultural celebrations to music festivals, Ōtaki hosts a variety of events throughout the year, bringing the community together in joyous occasions. The Kite Festival, Festival of the Pots to awesome school galas.


11. Theatre: Ōtaki is home to an amazing local theatre and the might Ōtaki Players, who regularly put on outstanding productions.


12. Unique boutiques: Ōtaki's shopping scene is characterised by charming boutiques offering one-of-a-kind items, making it a haven for those seeking distinctive finds.


13. Sport!: Ōtaki takes pride in it's local sports teams, from Rahui Rugby Club, the Otaki Golf Club to the Tennis club. There is something for everyone.


14. Sense of belonging: Ultimately, what makes Ōtaki special is the sense of belonging that residents and visitors alike feel – a true community spirit that makes everyone a part of something wonderful.


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