Social Activities

Permanent residents, along with some of the Bay's frequent holiday-makers, enjoy a wide range of activities and interests on a regular basis. As well as enjoying the benefits of a range of physical activities, participants also enjoy catching up with old friends and sometimes making new ones. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all activities.

Friendship Group, Oakura Bay, Northland

Strictly for the ladies, the Friendship Group gets together for a convivial chat over lunch every third Monday of each month at 11.30am. The venue is currently the Gallery Cafe at Helena Bay.

The lunch provides an opportunity for current and past residents of the Bay to get together, as well as an opportunity for new residents to meet others. Many of the Bay’s past residents also make the trip from Whangarei to catch-up with old friends.


Whangaruru Tramping Club

For those in the community who enjoy tramping and possess a reasonable level of fitness, the Whangaruru Tramping Club organises regular walks in the surrounding area, as well as further afield, eg Pukenui Forest. Weather dependent, these tend to occur fortnightly throughout the year (with the exception of the summer holiday season) and cater for all ages. However, the tramps do range in length and level of difficulty – so best to check first. Details of each tramp are sent out via email. For safety reasons, those tramping need to notify their attendance by return email to the organiser. Transport arrangements can also be arranged at this time.

Twice yearly, members enjoy an organised trip away where they have the opportunity to stay and socialise in a different part of New Zealand; whilst enjoying a number of walks in the area. To find out more and/or be added to the email list, please contact Raewin Woodhouse – Phone (09) 4336 642 or Mobile 022 0829336 or visit the Facebook page here.

Oakura Bay, Northland line dancing


For those who enjoy being active whilst having fun, line dancing takes place every Tuesday at 9.00am.

If you want to know more, please contact Betty George – Phone (09) 4336 729

Casual dances held at Oakura Bay, Northland

Guaranteed to be a fun night, casual dances are held every second month from 7pm – 10.30pm in the community hall. There is no theme, spot prizes or ticket sales. Instead, a good range of non-stop dancing music is provided via a speaker system. $5.00 is payable at the door on the night.

Please bring your own refreshments and provide a plate of finger food for a shared supper. For more information, contact Margaret on mobile 0274 887135 or visit the Facebook page here.

Dates for these dances (and any other social events) are posted on the Upcoming Events page here.

Oakura Bay, Northland card club


If having a social game of 500 is for you, then come along to the Oakura 500 Card Club held at Skips Fish’n’Chips on the first Thursday evening of each month at 7.00pm. Participants generally have a meal of fish and chips together prior to playing cards.

CURRENTLY THE CARD CLUB IS NOT ACTIVE – We will update when the Club meets again.

Indoor bowls, Oakura Bay Hall, Whangaruru


A number of residents enjoy a social game of indoor bowls every Thursday.

Contact: Annette Whalen – Ph (09) 433 6732 or Linda Kelsall – Ph (09) 433 6620

  • PLEASE NOTE – due to lack of numbers, indoor bowls is not currently available at the Oakura Bay Community Hall.

Alternatively, you can play indoor bowls every Thursday from 2.00 to 4.00pm at the Tuparehuia Marae.

Contact: Betty George – Ph (09) 4336 729 or Sue Tupe – Ph (09) 972 7832.


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