Nothing says vacation like loading up the car with supplies and heading to the coast. Oparau has some terrific beaches close by, so grab a good book (and a kite if the wind’s up) and head to one of these beautiful options:
Kawhia Beach (9 miles away).
Ruapuke Beach (12 miles away).
Ngarunui Beach (17 miles away).
For some people, owning a luxury vehicle is little more than a pipe dream. But renting your dream ride is easier than you think! Picture yourself cruising down the highway in a snazzy convertible, even if it’s only for a few days. Or perhaps all you want is a dependable set of wheels to get you quickly from A to B. Affordable or flashy? Either way, there’s a rental car to suit you in Oparau.
In Oparau, you’ll need to drive on the left side of the road. That means the steering wheel is on the right side. If you’ve opted for a manual transmission vehicle, get comfortable with shifting gears with your left hand.
Speed limits generally range from 50km/h to 100km/h in Oparau and there are penalties for exceeding the limit. Residential zones usually have a maximum speed of 40km/h, unless indicated otherwise.
Generally, one of two things will happen. Your rental car company may bill the fined amount to your credit card. This is the more common practice. On the other hand, it may give your contact information to local authorities so the fine is sent directly to you.
As with many places, normal cell phone usage is not permitted while cruising in your car around Oparau. However, an exception applies for hands-free or Bluetooth functions. Just be sure to stay focused on the road.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit while driving in Oparau is 0.05%. If you’re planning a big night on the town, leave your rental car behind and organize another way of getting home instead.
Turning on a red light isn’t allowed in Oparau. Always be on the alert for traffic signs and lights so that you don’t breach any road rules.
Although there are a few exceptions, seat belts are compulsory in Otorohanga District.