Opua - Bay of Islands, New Zealand
The gateway to the Bay of Islands, Opua is a peaceful seaside settlement. Located where the Kawakawa River and Waikeri River meet with the Bay stretching out Northward to the sea. You can see the passenger ferry 5 km
down the bay going between Paihia and Russell. Waitangi is just beyond Paihia and the entrance to the Kerikeri River is viewed near the North end of the bay.
Opua is where the overseas yachts first arrive in New Zealand after making their South Pacific Ocean crossing. The charter boats are based here that cruise through the bay. The Tucker Thompson a top sail schooner and other cruise boats start out on their daily excursions from the Opua Port. During the Year a few cruise ships visit this hide away port.
The car ferry takes vehicles across the port to Okiato and the road to Russell. The Coastal Walking Path starts in Opua the Harrison Scenic Reserve (rain forest) is a twenty minute walk and the scenic trip to Paihia takes three Hours. (a 5 km trip by road, 10 minutes by car)
The community of Opua is small and centred around its international recreational Port, Marina and the Wharf (fishing is permitted). There is a good restaurant and take-a-way shop and a small convenience store.
There is a small boat launching ramp and a dingy dock. There are two boat yards, sail repair, engine shop and other supporting services making Opua a
surprisingly good place to work on your boat. Yacht moorings are available for short or long term rental.
The Opua Cruising Club is a local centre of social activity in this provincial community. A 240 berth marina provides dockage for local and overseas vessels. Opua is being progressively redeveloped by far North Holdings Ltd as the premier maritime servicing centre for the Northland region.
Check out the local markets on the third Sunday of every month at the Primary school - profits go towards school resources and school trips.
Places of interest: Opua-Paihia Coastal Walk, Harrison Scenic Reserve Walk, Opua Marina
Maori place name: The place of Pua. Literally, o (the place of), pua
Accommodation in and around Opua
Major Towns in the Bay of Islands:
Waitangi | Paihia | Opua | Russell | Kerikeri | Kawakawa
Bay of Islands History