The festival is held at the Oparau Hall, and camping is in the field next to the hall.

Oparau settlement and hall

Oparau is a quiet rural locality tucked under the seaward side of Mount Pirongia just 20 minutes inland from the West Coast settlement of Kawhia.

At one time it was a bustling community with its own dairy company, school and general store, but the tides of economic fortune have reduced its population to a handful of permanent residents and a collection of holiday homes.

One aspect of its former glories is the old Oparau Hall, complete with roll of honour dating back to the Boer War. The hall is the classic early 20th century planked timber structure with the more recently built Oparau Club attached.

The hall has been the focal point for the Oparau Acoustic Festival since its inception in 2005 and the scene to many great performances and night-long jam sessions.

Each year, the festival makes a donation to the Oparau Hall Society for upkeep and improvement of the hall.


Once on the way to Kawhia, how to find the Oparau Hall

  • On the road to Kawhia (SH31), turn right at the Oparau Roadhouse on to Okupata Rd
  • Follow Okupata Rd for about 1 km, then turn left into Rotoiti Rd (before the bridge)
  • In about 300 metres there is the Oparau Hall, at the end of Rotoiti Rd

Coming from the East

  • Oparau is about 50 minutes drive from Hamilton on SH31, the Kawhia Rd
  • Go through Cambridge and Te Awamutu, (try to avoid the time suck of Hamilton) then onto Pirongia continuing South on SH39
  • Take a right onto Ngutunui road about 8 kms south of Pirongia
  • Take a right at the T intersection (SH31) to Kawhia

Coming from the South

  • Turn onto SH31/39 at the South end of Otorohanga
  • Then onto SH31 to Kawhia

Coming from the North

  • From State Highway 1
  • Exit SH1 at the SH39 Raglan Otorohanga exit
  • At the roundabout take the third exit
  • Continue on SH39 through Whatawhata (road takes a jog to the left then right) and through Pirongia
  • Take a right onto Ngutunui road about 8 kms south of Pirongia
  • Take a right at the T intersection on to SH31 to Kawhia




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