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Houses for sale in Ōpunakē


On the coast of Taranaki, just 64km Southwest of New Plymouth and 30km from Hāwera, the Ōpunakē property market is on the rise. In the past decade, the tranquil seaside town has attracted a steady stream of buyers. 

Having a population of over 1,400, Ōpunakē is a charming blend of surf, culture, and breathtaking scenery. With family homes, investment properties, sections, and holiday homes to choose from, Ōpunakē caters to an array of tastes.

Life in Ōpunakē

After taking the stunning drive along Surf Highway 45, life in Ōpunakē is sure to appeal. To help you get a sense of it, let’s explore some of the highlights:

Village culture and local enterprises

Before you get carried away with the amazing surf, why not explore what the town itself has to offer? From hotels and restaurants to cafes and bars, there’s always somewhere to eat and relax. If you enjoy art, pop by the Open Studio Gallery as part of the Taranaki Arts Trail — the collective of seven different galleries is sure to inspire. 

If you want to be entertained, Everybody’s Theatre is well worth your time. Originally built as a general store back in 1912 and converted into a boutique theatre in 1920, this historic building will impress you before the film has even begun. 

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Clifftop walkway

If you like to get out and about, the clifftop walkway is perfect for you. With 10km of sloping terrain, including a pleasant loop around Ōpunakē Lake, the natural surroundings are captivating. 

You can see the shifting tides from the clifftops, Te Namu Pa across the cliffs, and Mount Taranaki to the north. The lake is also popular for boating, swimming, and water skiing.

Ōpunakē surf beach 

In summer, the crescent-shaped Ōpunakē beach attracts visitors from all over New Zealand. As one of the main attractions on Surf Highway 45, Ōpunakē is well known for its pumping surf, including both right and left-hand waves. 

In summer, there is always a happy buzz on the beach, with families, surfers, tourists, and locals soaking up the coastal atmosphere. From surfing and swimming to sandcastle competitions and fish and chips, Ōpunakē beach is the place to be.

Ōpunakē property market

Property in Ōpunakē has become more popular in recent years, and with mountain views, a relaxed atmosphere, and affordable prices, the appeal is clear. 

  • The median sale price for houses is $454,375, up 16.5% in the past twelve months. 
  • Houses sell after an average of 17 days on the market. 
  • 34.97% of residents live in rental accommodation.

These figures have been taken from Real Estate Investar and Real Estate NZ and were accurate as of October 2022.

If you are in the market for a new property, check out our listings in Ōpunakē.

Houses for sale in Ōpunakē

This idyllic coastal town has much to offer, with cosy kiwi baches, large sections, and stunning homes overlooking the Tasman Sea. To find something to suit your taste, try these options: 

Family homes

Ōpunakē is a relatively affordable option for first-home buyers or anyone looking to buy a family home. In this appealing and affordable town, first-time buyers can choose from a variety of homes, ranging from character homes to contemporary styles.

Coastal properties

If you want coastal and mountain views, a small-town community, and a bustling summer season, a home at the Ōpunakē seaside will surely appeal. You can live in it full-time, use it as a holiday home, or rent it out over the peak summer season. With the local holiday park booked out years in advance and Airbnb’s hard to come by, you can easily make a steady income from vacationers. 

View of the mountain from Opunake coast

Kiwi baches 

For anyone looking for an iconic kiwi bach, Ōpunakē is well worth a visit. With affordable prices and charming character, these homes are ideal for living in, renting out, or using as holiday homes. Keep an eye out for a bach with lots of sunlight, personality, and outdoor living space. 

New builds 

For those who prefer a home with a practical, modern style, Ōpunakē is a perfect choice. The spacious sections, magnificent scenery, and proximity to the town make Ōpunakē the ideal place to build your dream home. 

Buying a house in Ōpunakē

Ōpunakē offers a variety of opportunities for those looking to get into the Taranaki property market. Whether you are a first-time buyer, an investor, or in search of the dream coastal atmosphere, check out our range of properties currently on the market

Selling a house in Ōpunakē

If you are considering selling your Ōpunakē property, contact the local McDonald Real Estate office for expert advice. You can rely on us to provide market insights and guide you through the entire process. 

First of all, our team will appraise your home to see where it sits in the current market. From there, we can devise the most effective strategy to attract buyers and bring offers flowing.

Book a free, no-obligation property appraisal

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