Omokoroa there are plenty of things to do. Discover a local secret. A quiet safe beach with hot thermal mineral water pools at your fingertips. And the best bit, it is only ½ hour drive from Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. The suburb is part of greater Tauranga yet the peninsula and surrounding continues to feel like a small rural village.
WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS
- Omokoroa walkway around the peninsula absorbing sights and sounds of the community, the sea and islands
- Local golf course, 18 hole easy walking picturesque course situated on the shores of the Tauranga Harbour.
- Local boat club and jetty to water bomb or fish from
- Bird trail walk with magnificent estuary and Kaimai views.
- Shared pathway for walkers and bikes on the Omokoroa-Tauranga Cycleway
- Popular walk from the Domain, through the Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve and past the Wai-Huri Pa site. The walk is well signposted.
OMOKOROA DOMAIN & ESPLANADE
The Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade area has public facilities adjacent to the safe swimming beach, park and playground. There is all-tide access for boaties and ferry links to Matakana Island
BIRD TRAIL WALK
Walking around the Omokoroa Peninsula, look out for the signs on the Bird Walk. The map shows the location of all the signs which have been designed and erected by the Omokoroa Bird Group. The group is a voluntary arm of Omokoroa Environmental Managers Inc. The signs are unique to each location with landscape pictures and information of the birds you are most likely to see.
Check out Cooney Reserve with its viewing platform over the estuary and sand spit. There is a detailed information plaque describing the landscape and shore life.
For more information about estuary birdlife read more about the work of passionate volunteers of the Omokoroa Bird Group
HOT THERMAL MINERA POOLS
Part of the complex of Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park available for guests only. The hot-water rock stream metres below the earth’s surface provides an all-natural alkaline water.
OMOKOROA KIWI HOLIDAY PARK
family focused accommodation creating a great holiday atmosphere. There is a range of stays from standard well maintained comfortable motel units, chalets to powered and non-powered sites.
TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION
Every town adds to the richness of things to do and see. For more details about the region check Tauranga & Bay of Plenty Region nearby attractions and events.
Source Ōmokoroa Peninsula
Omokoroa Domain to Bramley Drive (via Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve)
40 minutes one way
There are a number of walks on the peninsula – the most popular being a 40-minute walk around the tip that includes the Gerald Crapp Historic Reserve. From the Ōmokoroa Domain, head north towards the tip of the peninsula, you’ll find the Gerald Crapp Reserve – a two hectare reserve with lovely views across to Matakana Island and over the Tauranga Harbour.
The many trees were planted by Joseph Tice Gellibrand – one of the early Crapp family settlers who brought the seedlings from Tasmania. A Eucalyptus botryoides (Southern Mahogony) was felled in 2011 due to rot and its stump carved into the likeness of Rev Joseph Tice Gellibrand.
The Wai-Huri Pa is on the headland within the reserve.
This is an important archaeological site and its deep trench can still be seen.
Follow the path around the water to reach Bramley Drive.
Peninsula Loop (via Ōmokoroa Golf Club and Cooney Reserve)
A longer walk of about 9km continues from Bramley Drive and along Hamurana Road to a coastal walk alongside the Ōmokoroa Golf Club. It crosses the peninsula to the Cooney Reserve and heads back along the waterfront to the Domain. The coastal walk alongside the golf course is not passable at high tide, but there is an alternative track along the northern and eastern side of the golf course. Appropriate footwear is recommended for this tidal walk.
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