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Coastal town 64 km south-west of New Plymouth. Ōpunake is the main rural service town for Taranaki’s coastal region. On the coast just north of the town is Te Namu pā. In 1833 local chief Wiremu Kīngi Moki Matakātea held off a war party from Waikato for several weeks with a single musket, and eventually triumphed. In 1865 the Ōpunake redoubt was established by the 70th Regiment, but little trace now remains.
Meaning of place name
Ō: place of; punake: bow of a canoe.