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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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Music in the Mountains 2019 - sponsored by Camec (NZMCA Members Only)

"Bring your musical instruments along and join in the ‘jam session’ that spring up around the vans, participate in the ‘walk-up’."

Music in The Mountains Tapawera 2018; Friday 1st - 4th  February 2019

Market Day Sunday 3rd from 11-30 to 2pm. On Tennis Courts only.

Our Stunning Annual Music Show this year includes a range of fantastic artists including:

Fri night : The Vague As Brothers

Sat night : LA Social

Sun night : In Like Flynn



Certified Self Contained Parking for Motorhomes and Caravans

  • Early arrivals parking available Thursday 31st January from 9am.
  • Costs: $10.00 per person/per night
  • Location; Tapawera Area School Main Road Tapawera | -41.392771, 172.823592
  • Contact/information: D. Miller 0274 321 548 or M. Lafrentz 03 528 9026 / 0274 389 026  ShariDake@xtra.co.nz
  • Directions: Take SH6 South from Richmond (Nelson) to Kohatu Junction, and turn right to Tapawera, from West Coast SH6 left at Kohatu.
  • MUST arrive full fresh water and empty dump tanks. (Dump station at Tapawera).

Special parking requests; Power requests (for oxygen only) (Limited availability) by Friday 18th January please. Close parking for those who are not mobile by Friday 18th January. 

(Registration on site).

Dogs must be on leads at all times. All participants must be members, and certified self contained.



(Proudly sponsored by CAMEC; RV & Caravan Supplier since 1972)

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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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