Opunake

South Taranaki Distrcit Council
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With one of Taranaki’s best surf beaches, Opunake is a favored 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.

Opunake or “Opunaki” as it was once known was a clearing hacked out of dense bush that had migrated down from the steep slopes of Mt Taranaki.
More notably was Te Namu Pa at the northern tip of the bay beside the clearing and Matakaha, a village on the southern headland at the mouth of the Waiaua River. The town was settled in the 1880s. It was intended to be a major port but, other than a jetty constructed in 1891, little else was completed.

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Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival 2018

"This year we offer you an intriguing mixture of both unique and stunning gardens, each with their own story to tell."

We are thrilled to announce the dates for our the The Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival 2018 - 26th October - 4th November, 2018

Formerly the Rhododendron Festival we were established in 1987 and continue to delight people from all over the world. This year we offer you an intriguing mixture of both unique and stunning gardens, each with their own story to tell. During the festival we have jam packed a mixture of free and paid events that will cater to your individual palette be it a family outing or wine on your mind.

Our regions public gardens are our festival gems, but it’s our private gardens open exclusively for the 10 days of the festival that are a must see. Self drive around our majestic maunga (mountain) and explore the beauty of our region.

A free programme with map for the Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival, will be available after we launch 11th July 2018, and from then you will also be able to purchase tickets online or call us in the office 0800 746 363

Below is a video preview of one of last year's gardens:

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We will be launching our 2018 programme on the 11th of July, which will unveil this year’s garden selection and our fabulous array of workshops and events. If you would like some of our programmes simply send your postal address and the quantity required to tetsu@taft.co.nz or phone the festival office on 0800 746 363 and we will add you to the distribution list. 

If you are thinking of bringing a group to the festival, and would like assistance in facilitation of your tour, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

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Opunake Beach

Check out the Beach; Opunake Beach is a safe beach for swimming that is well patrolled in summer by volunteer lifeguards. There are free barbeques, excellent picnic areas, children’s playground and paddling pool with a campground offering a range of accommodation less than 50 metres from the beach. The beach is also only a short walk from the centre of town



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