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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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Covi Motorhome Caravan & Outdoor Supershow 2018 CSC Parking

The 2018 Covi SuperShow will bring you the best motorhomes, caravans and accessories from New Zealand and around the world with a number of exhibitors launching new models and products – only at the Covi Motorhome Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow.

EVENT TICKETS AT THE GATE ONLY - Adult day pass: $16; Multiple day pass: $25; Children under 16: FREE

Full Event details www.supershow.co.nz

 Certified Self-Contained Motorhome/Caravan Parking: (No Pets!)

The Covi Motorhome Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow Rally will be held in the picturesque surrounds of the Ellerslie Racecourse.  

The Covi SuperShow Rally is the perfect base from which to explore New Zealand’s premier motorhome and caravan show. To make it easy and hassle free the Covi SuperShow will be providing regular and free buses to take you to the venue throughout the day.

To ensure you have no surprises when you arrive at the Covi SuperShow Rally please see below for all the details:

  • Cost is $15 per vehicle per night.
  • Parking from 11am Thursday 15th March – please no entry before this time.
    • We are able to park a limited number of exhibitors before 11am. If you are an exhibitor and you are arriving early please report too a marshal for parking instructions. Please note we may have to move you.
  • All rally goers must depart Ellerslie Racecourse by 9am Monday 19th March
  • Please note there are no For Sale signs to be displayed on vehicles. This will be strictly enforced.
  • No flyers are to be left under windscreens.
  • No Pets!  
  • Meals and bar facilities are available on site. Making it an ideal place for a show debrief and a catch up with new and old friends.
  • The Pop Up Globe is also onsite for those wishing to experience a bit of Shakespeare with a modern twist. Please see https://popupglobe.co.nz/shows-tickets/schedule/ for further details.
  • The rally venue is close to bus routes (Greenlane Rd) and the train station (Greenlane) for those wanting to explore Auckland afterhours.

Above all we look forward to seeing you at the Covi SuperShow.

  • Please note this is a Pack In Pack out Rally:
    • Please ensure your waste tanks are empty and your water tanks are full.
    • There is no dump station available on site.
    • There is no water on site
    • There are no rubbish facilities on site


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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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