Frequently asked questions
Is alcohol allowed on the beach?
No - Opunake Beach is an alcohol free area. Non alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase from various stallholders or you may bring your own.
Can I bring my dog?
No unfortunately Opunake main beach where the Beach Carnival is being held is a dog-free zone at all times. If you are visiting Opunake for the weekend you could still bring your dog - there are plenty of spaces that they would love to play at - including Middleton Bay which is just over from the beach carnival.
Where do I park?
Please park up on any of the streets above the entrance to Opunake Beach. Access down to the Carnival is a gently sloping well sealed road which is ideal for pedestrian use.
What time does the event go until?
Approximately 3pm but people often stay on well past that to enjoy a dip in the ocean.
What should I bring?
Some of the handy things to bring along with you would be...
What time does everything happen on the day?
The Opunake Beach Carnival starts at 10am and the Baby Tots competition is the first entertainment up on stage shortly after 10 am.
How do I get involved?
The carnival is free admission so if you just want to show up on the day and enjoy the event then that's all you have to do - come along!
Is Eftpos available?
While some stallholders will have eftpos, many do not. Please bring along some cash on the day. There are two ATM machines in Opunake, one at either end of Tasman Street.
Is there a shuttle available down the hill?
The 2021 event will feature a shuttle in operation taking carnival-goers up and down the hill from Opunake Beach. This will be for a gold coin donation, with donations going towards beach development projects.