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Ocean Beach

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Address: Ocean Beach Road, Whangarei Heads 0192, New Zealand

On the pacific coastal side the Whangarei Heads you will find the...

On the pacific coastal side the Whangarei Heads you will find the magnificent 5km long Ocean Beach. The Beach is surf patrolled through out the summer months and is a well known beach for boogie boarding and surfing. The water is crystal clear during the summer months and there a fantastic views from the sand dunes at either end of the beach. There are some great rock pool exploring to be had at low tide at either end of the beach. This has to be one of the most spectacular beaches in NZ. It will take you approx 35 minutes to drive out to this beach from Whangarei and aprox 15 mins from Parua Bay. Highly recommended!!

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another part of paradise

very long and beautiful beach with fine sand. wonderfull panoreme and no people there. perfekt for surfing

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marcel B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very long and beautiful beach with fine sand. wonderfull panoreme and no people there. perfekt for surfing

Thank Marcel B
Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove along the mainly inland route across Mt Tiger Rd which is hilly and scenic and returned along the Whangarei Heads Rd. The Beach is approx 35km from Whangarei and at the end of the road there's a sign to Beach Access where there's a large car park and restrooms. We started to stroll along the beach path but looking... More 

Thank nnmercman
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

The drive to it seemed long and of the main road but there is a car park van a great place for the camper van to have lunch. The beach is massive clean and fairly flat but with a few dunes. There is a public toilet and freedom camping is allowed.

Thank old_romantics_2000
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Travelling from Onerahi to Ocean Beach in a car you see lovely coves along the Whangarei Harbour and spectacular volcanic rocks at Mt Manaia and on to Ocean Beach which had good surf and a dedication to a boat that was sunk by a German mine in WW2. We returned to the harbour's edge having a NZ wine at the... More 

Thank Carolynn W
Vicenza, Italy
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Stunning, enthralling, what else?. An astonishingly beautiful white sand beach on the east side of Whangarei Heads. It will take you 30 kms down the peninsula but it's absolutely worth. The road give access to a small parking and then the beach and the Pacific Ocean: you can sunbath, swim, surf. If you feel daring you can climb the dune... More 

Thank R_Zanetello
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Wonderful beach to surf, swim or walk. Bring a picnic and walk the tracks. Cool off with a swim in the surf.

Thank lesleywilkin1
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Besides having beautiful beach there are connecting walks along the top of the Mountains you will need to allow up to 6 hours to make it up to the top along the ridge and back down to Oceans beach there are also others walks too that take you to other beaches not to kid friendly unless they are like mine... More 

Thank shimmintoddy
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

It's Truly an untouched natural coastal area well worth a visit. Just 30 mins drive from Whangarei City via Mcleods Bay . While the sea can be very rough the views are beautiful .There's a good Surf Club on the bay to enjoy by the "brave swimmers" but in my opinion its not for paddlers unless you stay close to... More 

Thank Warren H
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Marvelous beach Just a 30 min drive out to the coast from Whangarei city,watch the power of the surf crash onto the beach,walk the beautiful untouched bay and even collect seafood at the far end of the bay. Its a great place to just sit and enjoy mother natures creation at her best with the wild ocean breakers rolling into... More 

Thank Warren H
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

We, being my family, have lived in this area for 35 years and have spent many hours on 'Ocean Beach'. It is a great beach for children but do be aware of sea conditions when the lifeguards are not on duty. It is a fantastic beach to just walk and 'appreciate' our beautiful coast.

Thank Grammy554

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