Ocean Beach

Holiday Travel Guide
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Swim, surf and take long walks in the shadow of unspoiled scenery at this sweeping beach on the southern coastline of Hawke’s Bay.

Get away from the crowds and bask in the spectacular surroundings of Ocean Beach. This long, gently curving beach sits on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and looks out over the South Pacific Ocean. Ocean Beach is a much-loved location among families and watersport enthusiasts that reside in the Hastings District of the Hawke’s Bay Region.

Visit the beach to discover almost deserted stretches of soft, golden sand backed by rugged green hills. A river runs down from the hills and often forms natural canals and lagoons. Find a quiet spot, sit down and collect your thoughts while watching waves break on the shore. Go for a swim on a warm day but be prepared for chilly water temperatures.

With consistent mid-sized waves, the beach is a favorite year-round hangout of surfers. Bear in mind that powerful rip currents can make conditions precarious. Lifeguards patrol the beach on weekends between November and March.

Stretch your legs on two popular walks, which bring you up close to impressive landforms and century-old relics. Stroll south along the shoreline for about 4.7 miles (7.5 kilometers) to Waimarama Beach. Watch fishermen waiting patiently to catch crayfish and flounder. Allow around 5 hours for the return trip and check the tides before departing.

Head north for 5 miles (8 kilometers) to Whakapau Bluff. From here you can reach the Cape Kidnappers peninsula by wading across a sandbar at low tide. Spot flocks of gannet, pelicans and shags flying above the cliffs. Look for impressive rock arches, the remains of a 19th-century whaling station and the relics of a shipwreck.

Ocean Beach is located about a 30-minute drive from the towns of Hastings and Napier. The most convenient way to get here is via rented car. Free parking is available at the entrance to the beach. There are no shops or restaurants here so bring your own food and drink if you plan to stay for the entire day.

193 Cheap Hotels Near Ocean Beach

Waipuka - Ocean Beach Holiday Home
Waipuka - Ocean Beach Holiday Home
5 Ocean Beach Road, Ocean Beach, Hawke's Bay Region
Situated in Ocean Beach, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Ocean Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Craggy Range and Te Mata Estate. Black Barn Vineyards ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Amazing location
"Awesome place to kick back, enjoy the amazing view to ocean, long beach walks and amazing location!"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2021

Waipuka - Ocean Beach Holiday Home
Kiwiana Bach - Ocean Beach Bach
Kiwiana Bach - Ocean Beach Bach
17 Ocean Beach Road, Ocean Beach, Hawke's Bay Region
Situated in Ocean Beach, this holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Ocean Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Craggy Range and Te Mata Estate. Black Barn Vineyards ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
A beautiful little home, perfect for a internet-free trip away
"Perfect beach front views Wonderful summer bbq facilities A cute little home to host a trip away with friends and/or family A little way out from Havelock North, but a great place to play board games, swim and have a technology detox"

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Kiwiana Bach - Ocean Beach Bach
Delightful country cottage with Pacific ocean views
Delightful country cottage with Pacific ocean views
55 Waipuka Rd, Waimarama, Hawke's Bay Region
Situated in Waimarama, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Waimarama Beach, Ocean Beach and Craggy Range. Te Mata Estate and Black Barn Vineyards are also ...
Delightful country cottage with Pacific ocean views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Waipuka - Ocean Beach Holiday Home
Waipuka - Ocean Beach Holiday Home
5 Ocean Beach Road, Ocean Beach, Hawke's Bay Region
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Kiwiana Bach - Ocean Beach Bach
Kiwiana Bach - Ocean Beach Bach
17 Ocean Beach Road, Ocean Beach, Hawke's Bay Region
Kiwiana Bach - Ocean Beach Bach
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Delightful country cottage with Pacific ocean views
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Harper Haven - Waimarama Holiday Home
Harper Haven - Waimarama Holiday Home
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Harper Haven - Waimarama Holiday Home
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