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Onemana Beach

Onemana Beach is another of the Coromandel's popular summer locations. Residents and day-trippers to the area are usually found in and around the water on good days. Onemana doesn't get non-stop surf but waves aren't uncommon and swimmers should be very careful when swell is present. There is a large rip in the centre of the beach and off each headland. Onemana has no Lifeguarding service.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Onemana is a beautiful beach and both locals and visitors to the beach swim there on a regular basis during the summer months. The beach slopes steeply into the water and becomes deep very quickly. Swimmers need to be careful of a very strong rip that forms in the middle of the bay around the stream mouth when waves are larger than 1 metre. Also the beach has a heavy beach dump and strong under current.


Onemana is a beach break and it gets good waves at both the northern and southern ends, either side of the large centrally located rip. The beach can be surfed on all tides and is offshore in southwest to southerly wind. Surfers need to be careful of the heavy inshore beach dump.


Fishing at the beach is popular. Many people surfcast the whole length of the beach but the northern end is the most popular. Rock fishing from the headland at either end is also good.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Onemana Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Onemana Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

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Safety at Onemana Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Onemana Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Onemana SLSC
Patrolled Beach
Onemana Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Onemana Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00 to 3:00pm on Sundays between 28 December 2019 and 2 February 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 23 December 2019 to 17 January 2020.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Onemana 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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


Onemana Beach is located is located 10 kilometres north of Whangamata. There is a large grassy reserve in front of the 500 metre long bay. On the reserve there are two tennis courts, a playground, public toilets and two small car parks, while behind the reserve is a residential area. The beach is golden sand and there are rocky headlands covered with bush at either end. A small stream runs out at the centre of the beach.

Public Transport

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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.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data


There is not enough data to generate a recreational risk grade.

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.

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