Orewa and Waiwera

North Auckland

Orewa and Waiwera, North Auckland
Orewa and Waiwera, Auckland
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​Orewa is just 25 minutes north of downtown Auckland and boasts a picturesque 3 kilometre stretch of golden beach.  It’s the perfect place for a family day out, with playgrounds, safe swimming, beautiful coastal landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere. Head over the hill to Waiwera for a soak in the thermal hot pools. 

Orewa and Waiwera highlights

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Get active outdoors
Walk or cycle some of the scenic coastal and bush tracks nearby in two of Auckland’s most popular regional parks – Wenderholm and Shakespear Park.


Soak in the hot pools
Splash around with the kids or relax tired muscles in the natural geothermal pools at Waiwera. Enjoy a film in the outdoor movie pool, ride the hydroslides or visit the luxury day spa and sauna.


Take your pick of water activities
Orewa’s golden sands and calm waters are perfect for swimming, kayaking, parasailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, boating and fishing.


Discover shopping and cuisine
Hit the shops or pick up Kiwiana arts and gifts at Orewa’s bustling craft and farmers’ markets. Relax afterwards at one of the numerous cafés and restaurants.


Why visit?

Orewa is popular with Aucklanders and visitors, known for its beautiful beach, with shopping and dining just across the road. With plenty of accommodation for all budgets and lots of activities, Orewa is a perfect holiday spot close to the city.

Waiwera’s naturally hot thermal pools and hydroslides are just minutes away from Orewa and great fun for the whole family.

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Icon patrolled beachBeach is a patrolled beach (during summer only). Stay safe - swim between the flags.


Water Safety

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving.  Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.

Beach Safety

Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.