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.

Things to see and do while visiting Opunake

Opunake Beach Holiday Park

Opunake Beach Holiday Park has 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!  The beach is safe for swimming and patrolled in summer by volunteer lifeguards. There are free barbeques, excellent picnic areas on the beachfront and a children’s playground and paddling pool nestled in the campground which offers a range of accommodation less than 50 metres from the beach. The beach is also only a short walk from the centre of town.

Surfing on the Coast

The Taranaki coastline is home to countless classic surf breaks. Breaks like Stent Road, the Kumara Patch and Awawhata Road have become legendary in New Zealand surfing over the decades and continue to attract surfers from around the world. No matter what the swell or wind direction, it's almost always offshore somewherew along the Surf Highway.

Opunake Lake

The Lake is 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.

Opunake Mural Trail

There are currently 34 outstanding murals that grace buildings and walls in Opunake.  Collect a map and more information from Opunake LibraryPlus and Information Centre.

Everybody's Theatre

Everybody's theatre in Opunake is an elegant historic theatre in Taranaki which has been restored to it's former glory. The historic building, completely restored inside and outside, complimented with the latest digital screen technology and has brand new luxury seating upstairs. In addition to all the latest new releases, the theatre also hosts boutique nights, playing a selection of classic, foreign and fringe films. Movies play on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7pm, with a matinee on Wednesday and Saturday at 1 pm. Movie night at everybody's theatre...a great night out guaranteed.

Rutherford Lighthouse Museum

The Historic Cape Light and Museum at the end of Bayly Road SH45, Opunake is a specially designed replica lighthouse housing the 1850’s Fresnil Prismatic Light that powered the Cape Egmont Light until 1999.

This carefully restored light is now in full working order in the lamp room on top of the replica lighthouse building and can be seen by appointment. The lower levels of the replica lighthouse house an interesting collection of memorabilia and displays from the days when Lord Rutherford, then a boy, lived close by at his father’s flax mill.  Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday's 11am - 3pm.

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.

Community Swimming Pool

The Community pool is volunteer operated which has a 25m heated covered pool plus three small pools within the one complex. 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.

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


Open Hours:

Monday-Friday 8.30 am-5.15 pm

Weekends and Public Holidays 9.30-4 pm (December-April), 10 am-3 pm (May-November)