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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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Wilderness Safari 2018 (NZMCA ONLY)

"Explore Heartland Waikato, the Wild North & Southern King Country."

Tuesday 17th of April - From Hamilton Journey through Karapiro, Arapuni, Arohena, Ngaroma through to Otorohanga and that’s just day one

Wednesday 18th - Toward Kawhia, Te Waitere, Kinohaku, Marakopa, Kiritehere, Waikawau, Awakino and on to Mokau, so much amazing country to see and sites to explore.

Thursday 19th - Mokau on to Tongaporutu, Ahititi, Kotare, Waitaanga and Ohura. The scenery will blow you away. Enjoy dinner at the Ohura Cosmopolitan Club.

Friday 20th - Ohura, Matiere, Tapawahine,Te Kuiti and join the Waikato Shearing Capitol Rally in Te Kuiti  for the weekend and do the Mystery Quest

There are approximately 23 kms of metal road that you will experience over the four day period - not all at once, but in sections.


Meet; The meeting time will 9.30am for 10.00am at the Mitre 10 Mega car park at the Base Te Rapa Hamilton on Tuesday the 17th of April.

Safari Costs; No costs other than cost of overnight stays at the NZMCA Park Otorohanga and the Tainui – Wetere Domain in Mokau.  All general expenses pay as you go.

Pets; allowed.  Dogs must on a lead at all times.

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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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