If I had to describe my relationship with nature, my initial response would be… awkward. I don’t like the burning heat of the sun, and sand sticking to sunscreen isn’t so much nostalgic as it is uncomfortable. But that doesn’t change the fact that New Zealand lakes and beaches are just undeniably some of the best in the world. I’ve just got to do it for the ‘gram.
And while most of these amazing Kiwi beaches are situated a fairly decent distance out of Auckland, there are a couple of gems that exist within the Auckland, and Greater Auckland regions.
If you drive about an hour out of Auckland heading North you’ll reach the absolute stunner that is Omaha Beach, and you’ll be thankful you took that drive – trust me.
This isn’t going to be a lengthy post mind you, but Omaha Beach deserves a mention – especially this summer, when I intend to go there as often as possible.
Omaha beach is attractive to me for three great reasons – its proximity to Auckland, its soft white sand, and its aqua blue waters.
It’s popular, but not so much that you’ll feel crowded – in fact you can easily take as many cute pictures as you desire without a photobomb in sight. It also has lifeguards, a shower, toilets, and a café and dairy right over the sand dunes. The convenience of it is almost unbeatable.
It’s also worth mentioning that the waves can occasionally be good enough to surf, but not so bad that there is much risk of drowning or other water danger. In saying this, if you aren’t a confident swimmer, or you’re with kids, there are lifeguards monitoring between the flags. Although staying in the flags should be a priority, no matter what!
If you’re wanting to make the most of this gorgeous beach, but don’t live say, within 30 minutes of it, I recommend you think ahead for what you will pack – don’t repeat my mistake and singe your skin within an inch of its life!
Kiwi Summers are harsh and unforgiving on those who don’t use sun protection so please, please, please, bring some shade, (beach umbrellas go as cheap as $12 at the Warehouse, and there’s one not too far from Omaha), bring sunscreen, and apply it as regularly (if not more) than the bottle recommends and wear your sunnies!
Plenty of water or some form of desired beverage, ideally in a cooler bag (again, the Warehouse is your friend), is also highly recommended to stave off dehydration, as well as fruit to prevent scurvy.
From there, don’t forget the fun stuff like blow up floaties (just don’t get unwittingly dragged out to sea!), perhaps some speakers to pump some feel-good tunes, and maybe a good book – I recommend ‘The Little Book of Hygge’. Once you’ve packed all this, and taken an adequate number of picturesque photos to stun all of your friends and family not lucky enough to be at Omaha, you’re well on your way to having the best day one could possibly have, and what’s more, it won’t cost you a cent.
Does life get any better?
Omaha Beach Coordinates: 36° 20′ 0″ South, 174° 44′ 0″ East
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If you’re looking for another gorgeous beach not far from Auckland, check out Karekare – it was recently named as being amongst the best beaches in the world!