Posted on 13 October 2020
The Ōpunakē Loop Trail is the longest of the formal walks in the South Taranaki District with approx. 8.3km of walkway to enjoy.
The Loop was formed in the latter part of 2019 as a community project by the Ōpunakē Lions, extending the existing Lake and cliff top walkways to form the loop around the Ōpunakē township. Since its completion a Trust has been formed for its long term maintenance and improvement (along with continued support from the Lions) and is currently undertaking replanting along many sections of the loop to restore the natural environment. Included in its long term plan is the development of ‘Hurst Park’ which is currently a bare paddock but will become part of the experience.
The loop is a level 2 biking trail, which makes it fabulous for family groups wanting to meander the path and also has a couple of short challenging sections for the more experienced riders. Runners, walkers and dogs (on lead) are also encouraged to enjoy the sights along the trail. The trail has a variable terrain of grass, footpaths and gravel pathways and is useable in all weather. Parking is available at many points along the trail with the most popular starting point being Ōpunakē Lake.
Along the way you will enjoy cliff top views over the Tasman Sea, pass by (with optional detours) to Ōpunakē Beach & Middleton’s Bay (which is also a dog exercise area) see two dams built on the Ōtahi Stream & Waiaua River, Ōpunakē Lake, the clifftop gardens and the historic Te Namu Pā site, Armed Constabulary cemetery and Ōpunakē Wharf.