• Ōpunake Loop Trail
  • Beautiful beach
  • Popular campground


  • by car:

    50 mins from New Plymouth

  • by car:

    1 hour 30 from Whanganui

When travelling along 'Surf Highway 45' you can't miss Ōpunake. Stay a while to enjoy the beach and the historic loop trail which takes you through beautiful lake and beach scenery.

A significant town on Surf Highway 45, Ōpunake has a magnificent crescent-shaped beach and a friendly community. Overnight options include motel and backpacker accommodation. There’s also a beach-front camping ground, which is usually filled to capacity over summer, so book early.

The Ōpunake Loop Trail is a great way to stretch your legs. During the 7 kilometre walk you’ll see Lake Ōpunake, the historic Armed Constabulary Cemetery, Waiaua River Mouth and historic Te Namu .

Ōpunake has lovely arts and crafts shops, galleries, a great choice of cafés, and one of the best fish and chip shops around.


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