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Oakura Bay Reserve, Northland, New Zealand

A great place to live or visit

Whether you are considering a move to the bay or just wanting to visit, Oakura offers plenty for everyone. Have a swim at the safe, family-friendly beach, explore the stunning coastline, fish your favourite spot, or just relax in the sun.

For most of the year, Oakura Bay is a quiet, sleepy seaside town with a relaxed vibe enjoyed by its permanent residents. However, during the height of the summer holiday season, the bay is busy – popular with holiday makers and day trippers alike. Regular pastimes include swimming, fishing, boating, diving, kayaking and stand up paddling. There are also fantastic walks in close proximity, both inland and along the coast.

Several businesses service the needs of permanent residents and visitors. The well-stocked Oakura Bay Store provides plenty of provisions as well as fuel and LPG; whilst Skips Fish’n’Chips is a great stop for takeaways and other delicious treats.

Keep our bay beautiful

We love Oakura Bay, the surrounding coastline and our community. We want to keep our environment pristine for everyone to enjoy. It is important to remember that when we drop litter or leave rubbish lying around, the wind will carry it out to sea or it will find its way along a waterway. Plastic such as food wrappers, drink bottles/caps, plastic bags and fishing line form the bulk of rubbish and because they do not biodegrade, they tend to remain in the ocean for a very long time. Once in the sea, our rubbish is harmful to all marine mammals and seabirds.

We all need to take care that any rubbish we are in possession of does not make its way into the ocean – whether we are on land or out on the water. Please help us to keep our bay and coastline litter-free. Either take your rubbish home with you or place it in the Council provided rubbish bins.

Collection for household rubbish and recycling is undertaken by Whangarei District Council (WDC) contractors every Monday. Additional collection times are provided over the busy summer months. To enable collection, please ensure household rubbish is placed in the official Council rubbish bag, or any other approved bag that has an official rubbish sticker attached. Official bags and stickers are sold at most dairies, service stations and supermarkets. Please consider putting your household rubbish out as close to the collection time as possible to minimise the bags being ripped open, particularly by seagulls, and the contents strewn around the area.

The WDC also provides each household with two bins for recycling – one red and one blue. The blue bin is for clean, unbroken glass bottles and jars and the red bin is for type 1, 2 and 5 plastics only, along with tins and cans. Cardboard and paper for collection can be placed in a bag or small cardboard box beside the bins. To ensure collection, please make sure you follow the correct procedure for recycling. For more information on recycling, click here.

Fun at Oakura Bay, Whangaruru, Northland, New Zealand
Oakura Bay - leave nothing but footprints

Oakura Bay Wetland

In conjunction with Whangarei District Council and Whangaruru Coastal Community & Sports Association Inc., WSRRA Inc. is very excited to embark on the construction of a wetland in the area bordered by Waimarie Avenue and to the rear of a number of private properties along Oakura Road



There is a permanent alcohol ban in all public spaces in Oakura Bay. No person shall consume, bring into, or possess alcohol in any public place (including inside a vehicle) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any person in breach of this bylaw is committing an offence.


Dogs can be exercised on the beach at any time except between 20 December and 31 January. During these dates, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm.


Camping is permitted in the area. However, it is restricted to self-contained vehicles only. Sleeping in a tent or a non self-contained vehicle is prohibited. Failure to comply with the rules can result in a $200 fine.
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