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Omaha Beach

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.

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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.


Omaha is a relatively safe beach during normal low wave conditions. At high tide relatively deep water lies off the beach face, while at low tide waves spill across the shallow bar. Watch for rip channels and currents during and following higher wave conditions, and beware of the strong tidal currents off the northern end of the beach.


Usually a low shorebreak, with more rideable surf occurring during strong easterly wind and swell conditions.


A very popular area offering beach, lagoon and inlet fishing from the shore and groynes, together with a boat ramp for offshore fishing.

Activities and facilities


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


  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly fine with possible showers
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Water Conditions

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Poor. 3/10
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Safety at Omaha Beach

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. More ►

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

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.


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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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


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.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.maxx.co.nz/


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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.

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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