Omaha Beach

White sand and surf only an hour’s drive from Auck­land

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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.

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