Ocean Beach (a near neighbour of Waimarama Beach) is a relatively undeveloped beach, popular with surfers and families alike. Both Ocean and Waimarama beaches have summer holiday lifesavers on duty.
There are two walks along Ocean Beach:
- South along the beach to Waimarama (7.5km one way). Make sure you check tide times before you go, tell someone where you are walking and allow 4 1/2 hours return.
- North along the beach to Whakapau Bluff (8 km one way; allow 4.5hours return). Whakapau Bluff prevents easy access to the stretch of coast north to Cape Kidnappers, although locals know a reef/sandbar just off shore that can be waded at low tide if no surf is running.
Between the Bluff and the Cape, is the site of William Morris' 1838 Rangaiika whaling station, the boiler from the wreck of the Go Ahead (1887), and two rock arches.
Ocean Beach Location Map
Ocean Beach Road (Google map)