O-puna-ke means ‘The place of where the springs have always been.’
A little bit of History
On the coast just north of the town is Te Namu pā. In 1833 local chief Wiremu Kīngi Moki Matakātea held off a war party from Waikato for several weeks with a single musket, and eventually triumphed. In 1865 the Ōpunakē redoubt was established by the 70th Regiment, but little trace of it remains.
© Te Ara and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. CC BY-NC 3.0 NZ.
Ōpunakē is a perfect place to stay, whether you’re searching for some solo time or are making memories with your family, Ōpunakē has the perfect accommodation for you.
Relax and unwind on the beach by staying at Ōpunakē Beach Kiwi Holiday Park, Ōpunakē Motel or one of our holiday homes, B & Bs or Baches.
Ōpunakē is a great place to visit and there are attractions for all ages and stages of life. Enjoy a swim at our black sand beach or take the kids for a paddle in the paddling pool by the beach playground. Time for exercise, our Ōpunakē Loop Trail which takes in fabulous views of our Lake and headlands is a must. Be sure to enjoy the views from one of mosaic couches. Take some time to go shopping or visiting one of our Art Galleries and Studios, enjoy a meal and coffee at one of our cafes and restaurants or keep it simple with fish and chips and ice cream at the beach. If you have energy to burn, get in a round of Golf at Ōpunakē Golf Club, surf along one of the many fantastic spots along Surf Highway 45 or have a blast at Actionaki.