Things to see and do around Opunake
Shopping in Opunake is a relaxing experience. Free, easy parking that allows you access to shops. Take a rest between shops at one of our cafes that service amazing coffee and teas. You will find a great range of gifts and services in Opunake. Visit the new Waitai Art Gallery that recently opened in the blue wave shop.
Opunake Walkway is
one of 11 walkways in the Taranaki/Wanganui region.
It is 7 kms long and takes about 2 1/2 hours
to complete. Start at the Opunake Lake boat ramp
and head around the lake anti-clockwise before
heading toward the Opunake Beach. Cross Dudley's bridge with is new addition to the walkway before heading the Wharf Lookout. The walkway ends north
of the town at the Te Namu Pa site beside the
Opunake cemetary. Check out the new heritage signs that are placed along the walkway.
2518 mtrs above sea level on the West Coast
of the North Island of New Zealand. It has
a symmetrical cone shape with a smaller cone
protruding from its South western side called
Fanthams Peak. It is surrounded by 33,534
hec of rainforests called Egmont National
Park. It is the source for over 50 rivers
and streams round Taranaki. The soil
type is volcanic loam which is great
for dairy farming. There are many walking/tramping
tracks throughout the park catering for all
fitnesses. The beautiful Dawson Falls is
situated 14 kms from Kaponga up the Manaia
Road. The Dawson Falls Mountain Lodge has
splendid accommodation and food and is considered
the perfect retreat for a weekend getaway.
Beach is one of the safest swimming
beaches in New Zealand offering a great
holiday spot for families. It is patrolled
by surf life savers throughout the summer
months. It offers great fishing spots
and has a very popular motor camp which
is busy throughout the summer holidays.
There is a children's playground and
paddling pool for the little ones. The
beach has two massive headlands which
provide shelter and protection from winter
storms. Currently under construction,
is an artifical surf reef which will
provide excellent surf from the north
side of the bay when completed.
be found down most roads that head to the
sea along Surf Highway 45. The most popular and
easy access is Opunake Beach, where an
artificial reef is being constructed.
Other popular spots along the coast are:
Green Meadows, Arawhata Road, Dumps and
Mungas, all these spots are within 10
mins of Opunake.
Opunake Mural Trail consists of 23 murals depicting historical images and contemporary work throughout the town. Many of these murals represent our rich and varied history, from early Maori through to today's dairying and Maui's natural gas and oil production.
The Egmont Community Arts Council has produced a map of these wonderful murals that are scattered around our town, available at the libray. Mural plaques are kindly donated by Dennis Lattimer, who is one of the artisits responsible for most of the murals. Click to view more Murals.
Opunake Community Baths Society Incorporated is the body that runs the Opunake swimming pool complex on Opunake High School grounds, for use by everyone in the Opunake and Coastal Taranaki area. Foresight of earlier community members means we have a heated covered 25m pool plus three small pools in our complex. This incorporated society runs the pools for all types of aquatic activities with a minimum of funding and many volunteer hours. Our pool is usually open from the start of the school holidays between terms three and four until the end of term one holidays, funding permitted. Public swimming times are usually 1-4pm on weekends and daily during school holidays. There are many organised groups with bookings outside these times for example swimming club and surf lifesaving club, lessons for babies and preschoolers, early morning and night time lane swimmers, triathlon group at have-a-go and improver levels.
These poles have recently been painted with a child-friendly theme of otters and other sea life animals. Thanks to Dennis Latimer and funding from Egmont Arts Council.
For further information contact Committee members: Hannah 06 761 8701. Pool phone during opening is 7617175.
two purposes, to produce electricity
for the national grid and to provide
a recreational sport for boating, water
skiing, trout fishing, for walkers or
just feed the ducks. In the summertime
the lake is as busy as the nearby Opunake
Beach and every weekend the sound of
pleasure craft zooming around the lake
can always be heard. The history of the
lake goes back to the early 1900s, when
it was first muted that electricity would
be a necessity for the growing town and
surrounding districts. A chunk of land
beside the Waiaua river, which formed
a natural basin, was considered suitable
to store water from the river for the
purpose of making electricity. This area
once was the vegetable garden for the
Our Theatre has re-opened to the public. The Theatre is for hire. We screen current movies Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sundays. Click here to read more
To launch your boat and go deep sea fishing and other water sports, drive down Heaphy Road past Sandfords Event Centre to Middleton Bay. Fish from the jetty or sand. Suitable for walking the dog, family picnics and water recreation. This beach has no surf life saving patrol. There is a fee to use the tractor to launch your boat.
Opunake Boat & Underwater Club
President - Malcolm Sayer 06 274 8495
Membership: $75, Tractor Key: $75, Launch fee: $2.
Cape Egmont Replica Lighthouse & Museum
Work began in 2000 to build a replica lighthouse down Bayly Road at the Cape Egmont Boat Club.
The original lighthouse is still situated down the Cape Road in Pungarehu.
The Historic Cape Light and Museum houses the light from the original lighthouse. The light is still operational by inserting a $2 coin. The museum holds many local treasures including information about Lord Earnest Rutherford's early days on the coast. The Rutherford family ran a flax mill close by the Cape Lighthouse. There is maritime memorabilia featuring early shipping along the coast as well.
Pihama Lavender was purchased by Liz Sinclair in 2013. The previous owners had done a wonderful job of developing the property. Liz has added to their vision and created boutique accommodation in what was the pump house of the original Dairy Factory. The lavender is magical and the gardens are charming. The shop and gallery add to these and will continue to draw another dimension to what is a fantastic site.
Pihama Lavender offers respite for weary travellers. It offers inspiration for the creative amongst us. It offers solitude for those wanting time out from their busy schedule. It offers comfort for those wanting a decadent weekend as well as the perfect base for the adventurers amongst us who want to fish and surf and hike in the unparalleled beauty of South Taranaki.