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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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Taranaki Country Music Festival 2019

Introducing the 2019 Taranaki Country Music Festival!

George and Jocelyn Tuahine decided it was time Taranaki held a Country Music Festival.We have run our first Festival and gracefully learnt how to improve on doing the next years festival - Dates for 2019 15th, 16th, 17th February 2019, We would like to thank each and everyone of our Sponsors, Artists, Participates, Volunteers for making our very first festival for 2018 a huge success.

Stalls, food and drinks and Eftpos available at the concert hall.

Confirmed Artists Include:

Multi Award Winning Yodeler from Australia - Laura Downing

  • Raymond Solomon, Coopers Run, Carylann, Tegan Reid, George Tuahine, Doug Erutoe, Ivan Broughton, Keinan Ngapo, Donna Saunders, Zara Buckton and more to come!
  • 4 different bands playing over 3 days - Joe Martin on Steel Guitar will be playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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Certified Self Contained Motorhome and Caravan Parking

Secure parking for self contained motorhomes and caravans will be provided at the local Waitara Central School (12 Cracroft St, Waitara).

Please book your spot by emailing Jocelyn at info@taranakifestival.co.nz

  • Parking for Certified Self Contained motorhomes/caravans $10 all weekend.
  • Park up from 10am Friday morning onwards.
  • Walking distance to town and shops from the School and Concert Hall.
  • Small pets are okay in the parking area, please keep on lead.
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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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