There is plenty to do in this tranquil part of South Taranaki - get active or just chill at the beach!
Opunake Beach is one of the safest swimming beaches in New Zealand. In Summer, our beautiful beach is surf patrolled - thanks to the Opunake Surf Lifesaving Club. Click here to go to their Facebook page.
Comprised of volcanic black sand and large rock pools at the North-West end of the beach at low tide.
Four heated indoor pools open late Sept to late April. Run by a volunteer committee for our community. 027 874 8981 Click here to go to their Facebook page.
One of the surf beaches on the popular Surf Highway 45, Opunake Beach attracts people from all over the world to hit the waves!
Don’t know how to surf?! Need a board, a wetsuit? No problem – contact:
Murray Baylis – 06 761 8067 or 027 218 3377
Dreamtime Surf Shop – 06 761 7570 or 027 444 6148
Click here for the latest Surf Forecast.
Opunake Beach has many spots for fishing. For launching your boat for deep sea fishing and other water sports, drive down Heaphy Road past Sandfords Event Centre to Middleton Bay. Fish from the jetty or sand. This beach has no surf life-saving patrol. There is a fee to use the tractor to launch your boat.
Coastal and Lake Walks
At either end of the beach is a walkway taking you up to the clifftops and along the coast as part of the Great Opunake Walkway (7km). Stunning rugged cliffs, green farmland and incredible views of Mt Taranaki and the ocean! Pick up a guide from Reception or the Opunake Library. Click here for more information.
The Opunake Mural Trail consists of 23 murals depicting historical images and contemporary work throughout the town. Many of these murals represent our rich and varied history, from early Maori through to today's dairying and Maui's natural gas and oil production. Pick up a guide from Reception or the Opunake Library, or click here.
Mt Taranaki stands 2518 metres above sea level and has a symmetrical cone shape with a smaller cone protruding from its South Western side, called Fanthams Peak. It is surrounded by 33,534 hectares of rainforests called Egmont National Park and is the source for over 50 rivers and streams around Taranaki.
There are many walking/tramping tracks throughout the park catering for all fitnesses. The beautiful Dawson Falls is situated 14 kms from Kaponga up the Manaia Road. Click here for more infomation from DOC NZ.
Actionaki Adventure Activity
You want action – you’ve come to the right place! Paintball, Archery, Clay Shooting, Team Building and More!
0800 824 836 / 027 230 5820 Click here to go to website.
Everybody’s Theatre Cinema
Housed in an elegant historic theatre restored to its former glory, complemented with the latest digital screen technology and brand new luxury seating upstairs. In addition to the latest releases, the theatre also hosts boutique nights, playing a selection of classic, foreign and fringe films. 027 383 7926 Click here to go to website.
Pihama Lavender Farm
Situated in the grounds of Pihama Dairy Factory which has a history dating back to 1897 and a wonderful backdrop for lavender fields. Check out the website for Market dates.06 761 7012 Click here to go to website.
Opunake Golf Club
The golf club is an eighteen hole course with sheep grazing the fairways with sea and mountain views. It is reasonably flat with the occasional lahar mound thrown in for interest. Mens and ladies par is 71 with the mens course 5309 meters and ladies 4809 meters. You can hire Clubs from Reception. Click here to go to website.
Cape Egmont Replica Lighthouse & Museum
Work began in 2000 to build a replica lighthouse down Bayly Road at the Cape Egmont Boat Club. The original lighthouse is still situated down the Cape Road in Pungarehu. The Museum is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11am - 3pm. Entry is by donation. Click here for more information.