With one of Taranaki’s best surf beaches, Ōpunakē is a favoured seaside destination. Whether you’re a surfer, swimmer, windsurfer, fisherman or simply enjoy sun-baking and sand-strolling, Ōpunakē is ideally situated on the coast half way between New Plymouth and Hāwera. 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.
Ōpunakē 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 Ōpunakē a great place to discover and no matter which time of the year you’re visiting, you’ll feel right at home.