Recreation

Young or getting older, fit or healthily active, there is something for all ages and all abilities at Omaha Beach. Whether it’s an organised sport or pastime, such as golf, tennis, lawn bowls, or surf lifesaving, or something less competitive and leisurely, like walking or cycling, Omaha has it in spades. However, if your idea of leisure involves throwing a line in the water, hauling in a sail, or donning a mask and snorkel, there’s plenty of that on offer up here, too.

Omaha Beach Golf Club
Omaha Beach Golf Club

Established in 1976, the golf club at Omaha Beach started life as a 9-hole course before being expanded to a full 18 holes in 2003 by renowned New Zealand golf course designers Darby and Associates, who have designed some of the country’s best courses including Millbrook, Clearwater and Jacks Point. Since then the course has now championship status as well as international recognition as it continues to evolve. Ranked in the top 10% in New Zealand, this par 70 links-style course makes the most of its stunning seaside location. Bordered by the sea on one side and a natural estuary on the other, it is a course that offers a unique and pleasant golfing experience, with the native Totara, Pohutikawa, Manuka and a large stand of Kaihikatea adding to its natural beauty.

Omaha Surf Life Saving Club
Omaha Surf Life Saving Club

Omaha Beach Surf Life Saving Club was first established in 1988 and its primary purpose is to prevent drowning and injury through lifeguard services and education. The club is run by a highly trained group of volunteers and supporters who are passionate about water safety and the beach environment. It also runs a Junior Surf Program, which is all about safety, fun and skills, and aims to teach children invaluable skills regarding water safety and also skills that will help them progress through to become a lifeguard with the club. 

Omaha Beach Tennis Club
Omaha Beach Tennis Club

The Omaha Beach Tennis Club offers a superb and picturesque three-court playing facility that sits adjacent to the Omaha Beach Community Centre and Golf Club, located right on the estuary. The club operates a very reasonable family membership for residents of $90 per annum.

Omaha Beach Lawn Bowls
Omaha Beach Lawn Bowls

Sitting adjacent to Omaha Beach golf and tennis clubs, the peninsula’s lawn bowls club has an all-weather surface and welcoming club atmosphere, plus very reasonable annual membership rates.

Surfing at Omaha
Surfing at Omaha

There are some great local surfing spots to be found in Omaha and surrounds. The bar is popular, and it’s easy to spot other surfers when the surf is cranking. A short drive to the north, Daniels Reef in Leigh and Pakiri Beach are both popular spot, as are parts of Tawharanui to the south. Omaha itself is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf, with both lefts and rights. It works best in offshore winds from the west, and at low tide. The wave is punchy and fun. There is often a good left-hander at the northern end of the beach and a good right at the southern end of the beach. Good for all levels of surfer. For beginners, there are a couple of local surf schools and equipment renal companies worth checking out – Omaha Surf Lessons and Salt Water Eco

Fishing & Boating
Fishing & Boating

The boat ramp at Omaha is located on the harbour side of the spit, and is considered one of the best in the area. It’s an all-tide, all-weather launch pad, and is ‘safe as’, according to the locals who use it week in week out. There is also plenty of parking to leave your trailer whilst you’re out on the water. From the beach, Omaha can easily be kite-fished using any system. It fishes best in a north-westerly wind, but can also fish well in west to southwest winds if a northerly or easterly swell is running. Snapper fishing at Omaha Beach is best from October through to May. Gurnard are also a common catch, and for those who crave something a little different, huge paddle crabs are in abundance and make great eating.

Walking Tracks
Walking Tracks

You’re never more than a couple of minutes walk from the beach at Omaha – that’s one of its draw cards. So, if you like long walks on the beach Omaha’s the spot for you. Early morning and late afternoon are magical times, both on the ocean side and along the estuary. There are also tracks amid the dunes, right up to Point Omaha, where there is a predator-proof fence to protect the nesting Dotterels. A short drive north or south will take you to some of the most spectacular coastal walks on the east coast. The coastline between Ti Point and Goat Island offers up to five great walks, which will provide you with stunning views over the Northern part of the Matakana Coast Wine Country. To the south Tawharanui Regional Park boasts a further five dedicated walking tracks that give access to some of the region’s most beautiful white sandy beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands.

Cycling
Cycling

Road cycling on and close-by Omaha peninsula is fairly flat and easy, although the constant sea breeze in summer can offer some resistance. For the more adventurous, there are some hills to be found out towards Leigh and over the top to Pakiri, and to the south the Tawharanui peninsula can offer some beautiful, but challenging rides. Roads are generally fairly narrow and busy, so care needs to be taken. Off-roaders are better served, starting with the dedicated bike path out of Omaha across the causeway and all the way to Matakana without encountering a single car. On the way, you approach the top of Takatu Hill, there is a great little technical ride in amongst the forest. A ride to Tawharanui is also rewarded with a great little off road track through the nature reserve. Coming soon is a mountain bike track from Mangawhai to Matakana. This will be a part of the great NZ cycleway and promises to be a great addition to the area.

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