On the first Saturday after New Year's Day each year thousands gather under the Taranaki sun for the Opunake Beach Carnival which has been going strong since the early 1990's.

Run by the Opunake Beach Committee with fabulous support from local businesses, the carnival hosts a range of activities including the Miss Opunake, Miss Teen and Mr Muscle competitions, quick-fire raffles, craft and food stalls and the Big Dig - where children dig in the sand to find a winning popsicle stick.

The 2020 event will see the main stage come to life in the evening with live music and entertainment from a range of great Taranaki performers. This will ensure a great atmosphere for a memorable night at the beach!

Entry is free, but there is plenty of opportunities to spend a little with food and craft stalls and activities set up around the field.


The Opunake Beach Carnival is a volunteer-led event with proceeds going either back into the event or towards beach development projects. The generous support of carnival-goers benefits the local community considerably - we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Footage by NakiDrone

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