Topic: Otane

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Images, video, audio, web links, documentation for and about the township of Otane, Central Hawke's Bay


Otane, just off SH2 between Hastings and Waipawa, is a small township with a big heart. The town is fiercely promoted by those who live and work there, some of whom have long-time family attachments to the area, and many who have moved there to unwind from city life and be part of the relaxed country lifestyle.

A feature of Otane is its strong arts and crafts group which works and exhibits at the old Otane School building, built in 1900. The Otane Arts and Crafts Corner attracts members from all areas of the Central Hawke's Bay district, and its painting, quilting and patchwork, spinning and herb groups are well attended. The group's annual exhibition on Queen's Birthday weekend draws visitors from the main centres as well as Central Hawke's Bay.

Magnificent Linden trees in Henderson Street stand as a memorial to Otane soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1 and more large, mature trees surround the beautiful Saint James Interdenominational Church, built in 1874.

Another historic building, originally the Otane Open Brethren Gospel Hall (known to the locals as 'Dippers Hall' as members of the congregation were 'dipped' in the river to be baptised) was moved from its original site in 1990 and is now a homestay that also sells antiques.

The town holds an annual country fair and an annual rodeo which attracts top competitors from all over New Zealand. Nearby, Wood Mallets produces top quality polo mallets and cricket bats which are exported all over the world.


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