With one of Taranaki’s best surf beaches, Opunake is a favoured seaside destination. Whether you’re a surfer, swimmer, windsurfer, fisherman or simply enjoy sun-baking and sand-strolling, Opunake is ideally situated on the coast half way between New Plymouth and Hawera. Drive along the coast hugging 105 km stretch of road known as Surf Highway 45 and be up close and personal with the Mighty Mount Taranaki on one side, while farmland and ocean views on the other prove the mountain really does meet the sea.
Opunake has a population of about 1400 but is boosted considerably during the summer months by holidaymakers. Its cafes, colourful murals, shopping centre and surfie character make Opunake a great place to discover and no matter which time of the year you’re visiting, you’ll feel right at home.
Check out Opunake's website: www.opunakenz.co.nz/
Click here for an Opunake town brochure.
Click here to access information about walking tracks in South Taranaki.
And check out this article which recently appeared in the Sunday News about Opunake and the Coast.
Things to see and do while visiting Opunake:
Egmont Soap Factory – Visit the factory and shop for environmentally safe products for consumer use, compatible with nature and all it inhabitants. Products are fully biodegradable and made from natural base products that are not tested on animals.
Fancy a game of golf? If golf is your favourite pastime there are good things in store for you in South Taranaki. Visit our separate webpage for a list of all the golf clubs in our area.
Opunake Beach Holiday Camp - OpunakeHoliday Parkhas a beachfront location in a sheltered sandy bay surrounded by crimson Pohutukawa trees – it’s a popular summer camping spot for families, couples and groups! Close to shops, cafes and local movie theatre.
Opunake Lake - Perfect for family walks, feeding the ducks, or for the more energetic take the boat out, waterski or try your hand at trout fishing.
Opunake Walkway - the longest of the formal South Taranaki walks. It runs from Opunake Lake to Te Namu Pa. There are comprehensive maps for your information at either end of the walk. The Te Namu Pa map is by the entrance to the Opunake Cemetery Heritage wall. Visit our separate webpage for more information on this walkway and others in South Taranaki.
The Rutherford Lighthouse Museum at the end of Bayley Road is a specially designed replica lighthouse housing the 1850’s Fresnil Prismatic Light that powered the Cape Egmont Lighthouse until 1999.
Surf Highway 45 Touring Route– Let the pace slow down, relax and enjoy the views as you take the western route around the Mountain. Lots to stop and see, roads that inevitably meander to the sea on one side, and winding roads to take you through farmland to the mountain on the other.
Swimming Pool – heated 25 m covered pool plus three small pools within one complex. Volunteer operated, the pool is open from the start of the school holidays between terms three and four until the end of term one holidays, funding permitted.
Take the Opunake Mural Trail – Currently 34 outstanding murals grace buildings and walls in Opunake. Pick up a map and more information from Opunake LibraryPlus and Information Centre.
Trouting, Surfcasting, Paintball and Claybird shooting – Sound like an interesting mix? If you want action, this is where it starts. Full tuition, safety briefings provided, along with plenty of activity and excitement. Great for the adrenalin junkie.
World class Surfing – Surf where the world champs surf. Plenty of choices for all levels of experience.
South Taranaki i-site Visitor Information Centre
For great advice, service and friendly tourist information wherever you are in the region, please phone or visit the i-Site Visitor Information Centre in Hawera. All South Taranaki libraries also offer visitor and tourist information throughout the working week and display boards are kept up to date with community notices and events.
Address: 55 High Street (PO Box 5), Hawera
Telephone: 06 278 8599
Fax: 06 278 6599
Monday-Friday 8.30 am-5.15 pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 9.30-4 pm (December-April), 10 am-3 pm (May-November)
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY