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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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Marton Country Music Festival 2019

The 2019 Marton Country Music Festival will be held at: Sir James Wilson Memorial Park, Rira Street, Marton on the 18th - 20th of January 2019.

Keepin' it country Registrations are NOW OPEN!

If you are a country music fan, the Marton Country Music Festival is a must-see event of the summer. The festival will be taking place from the 18th to the 20th of January at the Sir James Wilson park in Marton, and this year is set to be the best to date. The festival was created by a group of like minded people who had a vision for a small gathering of country music enthusiasts to share a weekend together in music and laughter. Currently in it's 14th year, the festival has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the most anticipated Country events around.

Headlining Artists: Noel Flynn (Ireland) & Marian Burns (NZ)


The festival will once again feature a stellar line-up of national and international artists, with overseas artist: Noel Flynn (from Ireland), New Zealand artists: Marian Burns, Kim & Annette, Carylann, Coopers Run, Kylie Austin, Monty Gibbons, Joy Adams, Mgarangi & Terina Sadlier, Jenni Smith and John de Burgh - Plus Many others!


Event details to come on: www.martonfestival.nz/news

What does it cost?

  • Friday - $20 per person
  • Saturday - $30 per person
  • Sunday - $10 per person
  • Weekend pass - $50 per person
  • Motorhome - $10 non-powered site $25 powered site (limited) for the weekend
  • NOTE: Kids under 16 year old are FREE if accompanied by an adult



Certified Self Contained Motorhome/Caravan Parking

Register for a camp site at the festival: Register for a campsite and book your tickets: There is loads of room for campervans, caravans and buses.

We have powered ($25), and non-powered sites ($15) for the whole weekend.

Book your spot here: www.martonfestival.nz/register

Note: Dogs are not allowed in the music arena, but are allowed outside the arena. Alcohol is allowed, but no glasswear.

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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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