The historic seaside town of Opunake enjoys a magnificent spot on Taranaki’s Surf Highway 45. Not surprisingly, Opunake’s crescent-shaped sandy beach is one of Taranaki's best surf beaches and a favourite with surfers, swimmers, anglers and holiday makers. The town's population swells considerably during the summer months, when the beach is patrolled. Surfers can follow the surf Highway to Hawera or New Plymouth to discover more amazing surf beaches. 

Opunake was settled back in the 1880s and murals celebrate the town’s history and its longstanding links with the sea. Walkers will enjoy the 7km long Opunake Walk with its stunning views of Mount Taranaki and the rugged coastline – start by the boat ramp at the Opunake Lake (Layard Street). Interesting points along the way include the Armed Constabulary Cemetery and the Orimupiko Cemetery. Opunake also has an 18-hole golf course with many trees, making for an interesting course. Just south of Opunake is the Cape Egmont lighthouse – Taranaki’s most westerly point – and there is climbing, hiking and winter skiing to enjoy in nearby Egmont National Park