Opunake is the surf ‘capitol’ of the Surf Highway. Opunake deserves this well earned title. A great beach and a town that is able to provide the essential services; plus a bit of interesting athletic history.

Opunake is the centre for the local dairy industry, and is also an increasingly popular tourist spot. Property prices suggest a healthy level of demand.

Opunake is midway between Hawera and New Plymouth and is a small town. That said the cliff top views to the south and the views of Mt Taranaki or a to the north make for a quite delightful double.

The town was settled in the 1880s. It was firstly intended to be a major port, but other than a jetty constructed in 1891, little construction was completed. New Plymouth and Wanganui had both determined a port future by the 1880’s.

A statue of long distance record holder Peter Snell was unveiled on Saturday 19 May 2007 to celebrate the fame of this son of Opunake.

The Anglican Church is a heritage building.

The Opunake War Memorial is clearly located to give the spirits a view of the sea.

The two Opunake hotels are ‘old’ and have been serving the locals and visitors for over a hundred years between them.

The Murals in the town are becoming iconic as time progresses.

Opunake deserves a really good look over. If not a stay at the Holiday Park. The Park has the best position in town.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course