Omaha Beach

North Auckland

The nearest swimming beach to Matakana, Omaha has a long stretch of white sand, good surf and ritzy holiday homes. It's the kind of place where you might see a former NZ prime minister on the golf course, which is set a few genteel blocks back from the beach.

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