If you travel 'Surf Highway 45', you can't miss Opunake. Stay a while to enjoy the beach and the historic walkway, which ends at Te Namu Pa.
A significant town on Surf Highway 45, Opunake 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, although it’s usually filled to capacity over summer. The Opunake Walkway is a great way to stretch your legs. Over 7 kilometres you’ll see Lake Opunake, the historic Armed Constabulary Cemetery, Waiaua River Mouth and historic Te Namu Pa. Opunake has a shopping centre and a choice of cafés. It’s regarded as a great place to eat fish and chips.