Just an hour's drive north of Auckland, 16km from Warkworth, Omaha Beach is home to one of the most beautiful white sand beaches you could ever hope to see.

The beach is popular with boaties, windsurfers and stand-up paddle boarders. Swim between the surf club's flags to stay safe, or head just beyond the flags to learn to surf. Matakana Beach Outfitters can help you hang 10 for the first time.

Omaha is also popular with sports lovers so you'll want your golf clubs, tennis racquet, bowling gear, bicycle and walking shoes.

There are also plenty of places to eat and drink. Buy fish and chips at Port Wells and take them to the beach or visit the Omaha Beach Golf Club. It is open for lunch seven days a week and you don't have to be a member to eat there. And Matakana with its shops and eateries is just a hop, skip and a jump away.

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For more information visit omahabeach.co.nz.