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Surf Highway 45: Tarankai things to do


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Opunake Beach, Taranaki Opunake Beach, Taranaki

Surf Highway is about families and kids with Opunake the drawcard. Surfers will want to stop at Stent Road with the reputation of a consistent right-hand wave over a shallow reef. Other nearby surf spots include Green Meadows, Arawhata Road, Dumps and Mungas.

Families and kids enjoy Opunake as a classic summer beach destination. Murals welcome visitors creating a sense of colour and the glorious art deco community owned cinema is a study in cuteness with classic movie stars, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe front row pinups.  The town encourages visitors to explore clifftop secret gardens, mosaic outdoor sofas and is full of personality. As with many Taranaki towns the area is rich in archeological history and stories of past happenings.


  • Cape Egmont Lighthouse is a spectacular sight on the coastline. Open by appointment only
  • Opunake Loop Trail and locate the secret garden
  • Fish n chips on the local black sand beach
  • Local beach is a favourite with kids for swimming as the headland protects swimmers from ocean currents. There is a lifeguard in the peak season
  • Surfing naturally, it is located on surf highway 45
  • Find the surf fence and take a selfie while admiring the styles of boards from then and now

Take a selfie of Stent Road’s signage, A massive boulder, daubed with bright orange paint on a rural side road indicating direction.


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