Located on the east coast, a short journey from the Old Russell Road, Oakura Bay is approximately 45 minutes drive north of the city of Whangarei. A popular holiday destination as well as a lovely place to live, this small seaside community is accessed by a fully tarsealed road. Surrounded by native bush and forested hills, the main settlement consists of permanent and holiday homes along a 1km stretch of road facing the sea. Facilities include public toilets, boat access, a well stocked store for all your general supplies, fuel pump, takeaways and a cafe serving coffee and home baked treats.
For the visitor, Oakura Bay offers plenty to see and do. The sheltered bay is generally very safe to swim at all year round – that’s if you can handle the cooler temperatures in winter. Taking time out to read a book, or having a picnic with family and friends under the magnificent Pohutukawa trees in the Oakura Bay Reserve, are popular pastimes – especially on a hot summer’s day.
On a calm day, many enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, skiing, boating and other activities. The bay and its surrounds, along with Whangaruru Harbour, are popular spots for fishing and diving, with plentiful bounty to be had from the sea. When there is an easterly swell, Oakura offers both a right and left hand break suitable for surfers of varying ability, including beginners.
There are also a number of stunning coastal walks. You can either head north to Ohawini Bay, continuing up the Whangaruru Harbour as far as the tide will allow; or alternatively head south making your way around the rocks or walking down a track from the top of Rapata Road. Continue along the rocky coastline with small sheer cliffs, past the rocky coves and secluded beaches and you will find the popular mermaid rock pool. A number of Pohutukawa trees dominate much of the coastal banks, putting on a spectacular display of red flowers in the early summer months.
For those wanting a day trip or a restaurant meal, the historic town of Russell is an easy, scenic drive north of around 45 minutes.
Alternatively, drive south for approximately 15 minutes and you will find the nearby Helena Bay Gallery and cafe, surrounded by a lovely, established sub-tropical garden and pond. On offer at the Gallery is a stunning collection of art and sculpture featuring local and national artists. Adjacent to the gallery, you can take in the stunning view from the deck whilst having lunch and a coffee at the cafe.
A range of options are available from typical ‘kiwi baches’ to more luxurious holiday homes, available on long or short term rentals. Holiday houses can be booked privately or through accommodation providers such as Bookabach, Airbnb and Holidayhouses.
There is also a popular campground situated on the shore of Parutahi Bay inside the entrance of the Whangaruru Harbour and just a short drive over the hill from Oakura Bay.
COUNCIL OWNED FACILITIES
Rubbish and Recycling Station
Located at the end of Wharua Road, the Oakura Rubbish and Recycling Station accepts household rubbish, recycling, vegetation and whiteware.
Summer open hours:
- Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 12.00 noon
- Saturday and Sunday – 10.00am to 4.30pm.
Winter open hours (commencing on the Tuesday after Easter of each year):
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 8.00am – 12.00 noon
- Saturday and Sunday – 10.00am – 2.00pm.
Anybody leaving rubbish outside these hours will be prosecuted.
Oakura Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Oakura wastewater treatment plant in Wharua Road treats the domestic sewage generated by the local community. A new treatment plant was constructed in 2009 to enable greater capacity of sewage to be treated to a higher standard than before the network was built. New disposal fields have been constructed behind the plant to further improve effluent disposal and output capacity.
For anyone wishing to connect to the sewer network, please contact the Whangarei District Council to confirm that your property is in the area that has access to the system.