BEACHES

A diverse range of beach experiences, all within 20 minutes of Waimamaku Village. Go beach-hopping or slow down, take a picnic and spend the day exploring.  Remote and unfrequented beaches, wild surf, tranquil waters, interesting geology, abundant fishing, history

WAIMAMAKU RIVER OUTLET

The Waimamaku River is a river of the Northland Region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows west from the Mataraua Forest to reach the Tasman Sea eight kilometres south of the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour.  The water is relatively calm before it meets the crashing waves of Waimamaku beach, making it a pleasant spot for children and relaxed swimming.  Access to the beach is easiest when the tide is out. Sunsets here can be spectacular.  Interesting geological formations can be viewed from the entrance, or from Pokas Road.

This epic beach is the hidden gem of Northland.  Follow the Waimamaku River Mouth around to the sea.  It is easiest to reach the beach when the tide is low.  This beach offers a marvelous contrast of both the calmer waters of the Waimamaku River, and the wild waves of the west facing Tasman Sea. It is possible to walk northwards along this beach all the way to the Hokianga Harbour, or southwards and reach the historic area of Hawera.  This unfrequented and enormous expanse of beach offers plenty of opportunities for privacy.   

WAIMAMAKU

BEACH

SOUTH HEAD 

A steep walk down hill from the Signal Station Road lookout leads to this surf beach.  The blowhole is active during low tide.  Hokianga is a beach break on a sandy/rocky beach, located on the south head of Hokianga Harbour. There are several peaks to choose from along the beach with both right and left handers. There is also a good right hander on the end of South Head. The wave is punchy. Very strong currents, so you can only surf around lower, incoming tide. Be careful of strong currents or rips. Good for intermediate to expert surfers.

This gently graded track branches off Signal Station lookout and leads down to the inner shoreline of the Hokianga Harbour.  There are expansive views of the harbour as you walk down to the beach.  This beach is in a sheltered spot and gets wonderful sun.  The first European settler in the Omapere area was John Martin, who arrived in the Hokianga Harbour in 1827. In 1832 Martin purchased land on the flat area, along the beach at Omapere. In 1838 Martin extended his land purchase to the Hokianga Harbour's South Head, where he established a signal station to guide ships crossing the challenging harbour entrance. The signal station remained in operation until 1951.

MARTIN'S

BAY

 

OMAPERE BEACH

The wharf at Omapere is a favourite of locals for looking out across the sparkling water to the golden sand dunes during the day and enjoying the fabulous sunsets in the evening. The area is very significant because Kupe, the founder of Aotearoa New Zealand is believed to have left from here to return to his land of Hawaiki.

OPONONI BEACH

A beautiful white sand beach stretches all the way to Opononi Wharf, where you can catch a water taxi to the giant sand dunes on the other side of the harbour. Dune surfing on boogie boards is a thrill that leaves you sandy but extremely satisfied. Fishing trips can also be arranged at the wharf. 

OPONONI BEACH

KOTU BOULDERS

Fantastic beach for an interesting walk. Koutu Beach boulders are best viewed at low tide.  The water is shallow and the opportunity of spotting wildlife can be found in the many rock pools.

The boulders are excellent examples of concretions : hardened nodules that form within sedimentary rocks. The word concretion comes from Latin and means “grown together”. They are composed of the same material as the surrounding rock and they form when a cementing mineral binds grains of sediment into a cohesive mass. It has been estimated that the largest of the boulders may have taken 5 million years to grow.