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Omana and Maraetai Beaches

In the little coastal town of Maraetai of the Pōhutukawa Coast, you’ll find a classic, Aotearoa beach experience. Close to facilities, you can easily pop in and grab one of New Zealand’s world-class coffees or an ice-cream to round off the day! Omana and Maraetai beaches both face north, giving you the warmth of the northern sun and wind. While you lounge, sunbathe, walk the beaches and feel the warm sand beneath your feet or head in for a dip, you’ll do it all with the outlook of several of the Hauraki Gulfs islands, namely, Waiheke which is situated just off the coast from here. Omana and Maraetai beaches are separated by a small headland and close by each beach are grassy areas to lay down your picnic blanket for lunch or read your book. West of Maraetai beach is Magazine Bay with its rustic, charming wharf. You can walk the Maraetai Beach Path from Maraetai Beach to the wharf at Magazine Bay, mostly along the gorgeous beaches; then slip on your flip-flops and head out to catch more than just (sun)rays; drop a line and see what you get. Jump from the wharf (if no-one is fishing!), or show-up for sun-down and catch an insta-worthy snapshot of a silhouette wharf, crinkling deep blue ocean and a glowing orange, majestic sun. This lovely little pocket of Maraetai, the Pōhutukawa Coast and East Auckland is quiet, peaceful and scenic, with plenty of soulful options to make you feel warm and down-to-earth.

Omana regional park

Ready to explore and play? Omana regional park on the Pōhutukawa Coast, is a wonderful place for families with ample things to get your kids off the devices and out-there thriving. Let’s start with Kelly’s beach. A sheltered, quiet and natural little swimming beach complete with Te Puru stream, rock pools to potter about in and a children’s playground nearby. Grab your friends, pack a cricket set and set out to the large, flat, grassed areas for an afternoon of healthy competition! Well developed paths and boardwalks are a great place to spend time having a stroll, or bring your bike to cycle the beautiful pathways. When you’re all getting peckish, theres even barbecues to use for free, just bring your kai/food.

Pōhutukawa Coastal Walkway

The scenic and charming Pōhutukawa Coast walk-and-cycleway offers spectacular views out over the Hauraki Gulf allowing you to see from Auckland city, past the islands, to Coromandel Peninsula. It will take you from Leigh Auton Reserve in Beachlands to Maraetai park and beach; past beaches, playgrounds, picnic spots, streams and many of New Zealand’s own self-decorating Christmas trees – famously naming the area – the Pōhutukawa. This evergreen tree blooms gorgeous, large, crimson-red flowers in the summer months. The walkway is 5km long and depending on your fitness level will take around 1.5 hours to complete. Bring your pooch! Dogs are welcome here (as long as they’re well controlled) except in Omana Regional Park (but excluding the pathway). It is also friendly if you have a pram or wheelchair, other than a few unsealed sections.

Sunrise at Maraetai Jetty

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