A popular holiday and summer beach, used by both local residents and day trippers from Auckland. The best spot to head for is the Surf Club, where there is good parking and picnic facilities, good beach access and public amenities.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Omaha Beach
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Omaha Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 7 December 2019 and 23 February 2020. Hours reduce to 11:00am to 4:00pm between 1 March 2020 and 14 April 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 16 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 between 10:30am and 6:30pm.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Omaha Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►
The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Omaha Beach is located 16 kilometres from Warkworth and accessed via Broadlands Drive. Omaha Beach is a curving 3 kilometre long sandspit that partly fills Omaha Bay. The sandspit which evolved over the past 6 000 years, it is bound by Tawharanui Peninsular at its southern end, with a groyne controlled inlet at the northern end. A 1 kilometre long causeway crosses the lagoon to connect Omaha with the mainland. The northern half of the low sandy barrier was opened for residential development and there is a lot of building activity. The southern half remains in a relatively natural state and consists of low grassy dunes. The Omaha SLSC is located at the end of the causeway (Broadlands Drive) road in the centre of the beach. It sits at the front of a reserve, which also contains a car park, playground and grassy picnic area. The Club House is set 50 metres back from the beach, with a watch tower providing the lifeguards with a good view of the patrol area. This semi-protected location together with its east coast location result in waves averaging 0.5 metre, decreasing slightly in height towards each end.
Beach Water Quality
The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.
Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.