Located tantalising close to Auckland – just an hour’s drive up the Northern Motorway – Omaha’s prime draw card is its pristine, white-sand beach, lapped by crystal clear waters, and enjoying uninterrupted views out over the Hauraki Gulf to the Barrier Islands.
For beach lovers and watersport enthusiasts, Omaha is heaven; its sheltered bay providing fantastic conditions for surfing and windsurfing, as well as a perfect environment for water-skiing, diving and fishing – plus it has a protected, all-tides harbour that offers safe swimming for children.
Away from the water, Omaha has its very own 18-hole championship golf course, all-weather tennis courts, a bowling club, and kids’ playgrounds, as well as a plethora of walking and cycling tracks, all fringed by public reserves.
Only minutes from the coast is a whole different world, with over a dozen premium vineyards and boutique wineries right on your doorstep, as well as the picturesque Matakana Village, with its weekend farmer’s market and bussle of cafés and restaurants. There are also art galleries and local artist studios, as well as the newly opened ‘sulptureum’, which boasts three sculpture-filled gardens, six art galleries, a vineyard, and a restaurant and bar.
But Omaha isn’t just a holiday destination for weekenders escaping the city, it has a thriving permanent community, with as many as 200 families now calling this beautiful part of the world home, as well as a growing number of retirees and empty nesters, who can still ‘commute’ back to the city with ease.
When the original Maori settlers named this area Ōmaha – meaning ‘place of pleasure’ – they certainly knew a thing or two. Many centuries on, Omaha continues to give it residents and its visitors pleasure in so many ways, 365 days a year.
Respected Auckland architects Lindy and Colin Leuschke have a long history with Omaha Beach going back over 30 years.
A Lifelong Connection
Developer, Alistair Dryden, tells his story of Omaha; of how he fell in love with ‘the pureness of place’ in the early 70’s, and about his p...