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Tio Ōhiwa Launches Kōtiti: a New Cruise Boat to Elevate Ōhiwa’s Tourism

Tio Ohiwa Cruise boat on Ohiwa Harbour

Whakatāne, New Zealand - Tio Ōhiwa, a 100% Māori-owned business known for its Oyster Farm and Fish and Chip Shop, is thrilled to announce the launch of Kōtiti, a state-of-the-art cruise boat. This significant addition to our offerings is set to enhance the tourism landscape in the Whakatāne area and provide a unique oyster and Ōhiwa cruise experience.

The official launch of Kōtiti will take place on Friday, October 6, 2023, at 11:30 AM, at Port Ōhope Boat Ramp marking a milestone in Tio Ōhiwa's commitment to showcasing the rich culture and natural beauty of the region. The boat will serve as a vital component of our cruise and oyster tours, accommodating up to 20 passengers per tour.

"We are excited to bring this new activity to the Whakatāne area," said Simon Geddes, Director at Tio Ōhiwa. "With Kōtiti, we aim to provide visitors with a unique experience that showcases the natural beauty of Ōhiwa, a rich Māori heritage, and our delicious oysters”

The introduction of Kōtiti is expected to attract more international guests to the Whakatāne region, positioning Tio Ōhiwa as a must-visit destination. "We believe that Kōtiti will serve as a gateway for international travelers to explore and appreciate the Whakatāne area." Simon added.

In addition to public group tours, Tio Ōhiwa is pleased to offer private bookings aboard Kōtiti. Whether it's a special celebration, a corporate event, or an intimate gathering, our team can tailor the experience to your preferences. Pricing is available upon request.

To mark the launch of Kōtiti, Tio Ōhiwa has introduced an online booking platform to make reservations quick and convenient. Starting Tuesday 10 October visitors can book their Ōhiwa Cruise and Oyster Experience effortlessly via our website.


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