Omana Regional Park is situated on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy outstanding views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. An ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide, shady pohutukawa, walks to farmland and an intriguing pa site.
Casual group size limit for Omana Regional Park is 100
||Open 24 hours
|Summer gate opening hours:
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Daylight savings)
|Winter gate opening hours:
6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings)
|Distance from CBD:
How to get to Omana
Physical Address: 2 Omana Beach Road, Maraetai
Turn off State Highway 1 at Highbrook Drive and veer left. Continue into Allens Road and turn left at Te Irirangi Drive. Turn right into Ti Rakau Drive at Botany Town Centre then left into Chapel Road. Turn right at the next roundabout (1.6km) onto Whitford Road.
Travel straight through the next two roundabouts (5.6km). Continue through Whitford roundabout and follow Whitford Maraetai road (10km). The park is on the left just before you enter the township.
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Ngāi Tai lived here for many generations, and built the Ō-Manawatere pā. The pā is a small rectangular area on the cliff edge with a defensive “ring” ditch around the three inland sides.
Ngāi Tai and members of other Hauraki tribes lived on the park when it was part of William Fairburn’s Maraetai Mission Station which included a small school for Mäori from 1837–1842.
Ōmana was part of the mission farm, developed from 1837. It was one of the region’s first farms. As with the surrounding district, the forest was felled for timber. The area was dug for kauri gum and even prospected for gold and silver. The land continued to be farmed from 1837 until 1970, when the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) purchased it for a regional park.