Opunake, located on the famous 105 km long Surf Highway 45, lures surfers from all over the world. The town wears its history on its sleeve, so to speak, having commissioned awe-inspiring murals on many buildings to celebrate its centenary.

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 Opunake Beach, Taranaki  Debbie Campbell

 Hotel Room Inside Accommodation  © espensorvik via Flickr



Whether you like sea views, alpine vistas or rural scenery, Opunake has an ideal accommodation option for you.

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 Surfing on the Taranaki Coast  © Dcysurfer via Flickr



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How do you get to Opunake?

  • Travel by Plane
    • There are no air services to Opunake. However, New Plymouth Airport can be reached in under an hour's flight from both Auckland and Wellington. The airport, located about 1 hour from Opunake, welcomes regular flights from destinations around NZ.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Opunake.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Many bus networks include New Plymouth on their NI routes. From there it would be advisable to have made plans to reach Opunake via private transport. There is a bus service that runs between Opunake and New Plymouth once a week on Fridays.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • New Plymouth Airport offers a limited selection of car rentals, which should be booked prior to your arrival. Several car rental companies also have depots in the central city.