Opua is the Gateway to New Zealand and the main Port of Entry for off shore cruisers and a popular summer destination for many New Zealanders. Opua is located just five minutes by road from Paihia, the heart of Bay of Islands. It is 20 minutes from Kerikeri and Bay of Islands Airport and is a short water crossing from romantic Russell. It is home to an historic wharf and a bustling marina with boatyard and other marine service outlets. Catering for the maritime industry, the community has shops, hairdresser as well as a primary school.