White sand and surf only an hour’s drive from Auckland
Omaha Beach is the playground of rich and famous New Zealanders who own many of the multi-million dollar baches on the long surf beach. But 30 years-ago an usually high tide combined with a nor-easterly storm severely damaged the beach. It underminded the foundations of a house, and destroyed a timber barrier built to protect the dunes from erosion. The prices of some beach front sections dropped from $25,000 to $8000. According to Rodney Coast to Coast by Harry Bioletti, the developer Broadlands offered to buy affected sections back from the owners at the original prices plus interest. The threat of erosion was already an issue for the developer and they followed advice from engineers to build groynes at each end of the beach and a third in the middle. The groynes deflect the flow of water passing Ti Point away from the Omaha peninsula and slow wave action onto the beach. The middle ‘swash’ groyne builds up sand near the tip of the peninsula. Sand was dredged from the inner harbour and pumped on to the seaward side of the beach to repair the storm damage. The popularity of Omaha continues to grow, mostly due to it being a beautiful clean surf beach only an hour’s drive from Auckland. The beach has a surf lifesaving club, and a block of shops is being built next to the beach car park. It’s a five minute drive to a cafe at nearby Pt Wells or the large Matakana Country Park complex which houses the RD6 Restaurant and Bar, a cafe, large children’s playground and a Saturday morning craft and farmer’s market.