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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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Whanganui Vintage Weekend 2019

"Put on your glad rags & be part of Vintage Weekend!"

Whanganui Vintage Weekend 2019 has taken fun to a whole new level. New to the programme is the Whanganui Vintage Dazzle Ball featuring the NZ Airforce Swingband; the theme is 1940s. Monday sees the introduction of the Vintage Push Trolley Racing and Raft Race. All this as well as the Vintage Weekend iconic events, Retro and Vintage markets, The Rivercity Caboodle, Riverside Shindig and the vintage favourite Wheels on Victoria Avenue Car Show where you can see vintage cars, classic cars, hot-rods and muscle cars.

More than just four wheel excitement, ZK-AWP Powhaitere, the first prototype DC-3, and the only surviving RNZAF World War II veteran aircraft still in front-line service, will grace the skies on Saturday and Sunday – with you on-board of course! For those with a love of trains the Pahiatua Railcar will be making scenic tours of the city as well.

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Saturday : https://www.vintageweekend.co.nz/saturday

Sunday : https://www.vintageweekend.co.nz/sunday

Monday : https://www.vintageweekend.co.nz/monday



Certified Self-Contained Motorhome/Caravan Parking

Parking is available for festival attendees at the Racecourse, (via very end) Ingestre Street, Whanganui - Wanganui Jockey Club ( -39.93590, 175.04204 ) for the duration of the festival.

  • Area will be monitored by a local NZMCA area volunteer, David H, for the weekend. 
  • Please follow any Health and Safety advice given while on Jockey Club grounds.
  • Donation for parking is a gold coin per person per night. Pay for parking on arrival at the iron maiden, no bookings necessary.
  • Certified Self Contained Vehicles Only.

Note: Pets okay, strictly to be kept 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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