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Exploring New Zealand

Opua Area Guide

Opua is a small town on the coast between Paihia and Kawakawa, where life is dominated by in yachting. Local activity centers around the modern marina and wharf, which is also where you'll find the store, restaurant and other town facilities.

Despite its size (the population is measured in three figures), Opua is an official international port of entry for New Zealand. So it's a popular destination for ocean-going yachts, with around 400 arriving each year, together with the occasional cruise ship.

Nevertheless, it's a quiet retreat, with little in the way of overt commercial activity bar a few boatyards and yacht services. This seclusion and the hills that rise up quickly around the port make it an attractive stop for visitors, particularly those with sailing ambitions of their own.

Those looking for more overt action and entertainment are better served elsewhere, although the larger Paihia is just a few minutes drive away.