The beach, the Golf club, and the Matakana Markets seem to be the staple of everyone’s trip to Omaha, so we decided to compile a quick list of 5 things to do that are a bit out of the way, and only really known to locals.
- Warkworth Cement Works
It’s a bizarre, almost ghostly place, but fascinating and comes with an awesome swimming hole. It’s quite hard to find – it is on the southern boundary of Warkworth, and down a dirt road. Well worth a family picnic.
- Mt Tamahunga
Drive out towards Leigh, and turn left up Omaha Valley Road to find the Mt Tamahunga track. While it is only a few KMs, it is a hard walk, steep, and you will need to be fairly fit. The views at the top (Aucklands highest peak) are worth the effort.
- Whangateau Rugby ground
Across the water at Whangateau is surely NZ’s most beautiful rugby ground. Home to the Rodney Rams, whose clubhouse is being rebuilt after a fire destroyed it, the park also has a great kids playground, a basketball court, and some good little walks for the kids.
- Tawharanui- Pink Beach walk
Very few people know you can actually walk the coastal route from Omaha to Tawharanui. It is only about 4km as the crow flies, but you will need to watch for the tides. The walk covers staggeringly pristine beaches, and will require a good level of fitness.
- Warkworth shooting range
OK, so not such a secret, as everyone does drive by it, but for a rainy day with kids it is excellent. There is a full indoor cricket pitch, golf, baseball batting cage, indoor slug shooting range, and a mini golf course. It is also very cost effective.