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Opua History

Opua in the 1970's

Opua in the 1970’s

Opua’s basin and wharf, situated at the junction of the Veronica Channel, Waikare Inlet and Kawakawa River afford the last deep-water anchorage in the inner Bay of Islands. A railway to Kawakawa and a road connecting with the car ferry to the Russell peninsular make Opua a natural crossroads for travellers.

The railway, completed in 1884, and the wharf at Opua prospered with the coal-mining at Kawakawa and later served the meatworks at Moerewa.

Today the main users of the wharf are the local fishing and charter industries. However, occasionally a cruise ship visiting the Bay of Islands will tie up and dwarf the little settlement.