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Beach time is a must, with Ōrewa’s long sandy shore even cherished by the late Sir Edmund Hillary. The Norfolk pines along the shoreline, planted thanks to the mountaineer’s father, are a nod to the Hillary family’s close connection to Ōrewa. Walk in their footsteps atop the soft white sand or take a plunge into the sparkling turquoise water, also favoured by surfers, kayakers and kitesurfers.
Enjoy a family-friendly jaunt or bike ride along the water's edge, through bush and around Ōrewa estuary. The 7.6km loop, named Te Ara Tahuna, honours the estuary’s history as a significant fishing food-gathering place with Māori carvings and relics. Got a kayak or SUP? Take it down the boat ramp at high tide to explore Ōrewa River.
Even after all that activity, it pays to leave some time for boutique-browsing. You never know what kind of treasure you’ll find in the village, with fashion boutiques, homewares stores and gift shops dotted around the streets.
Art afficionados, don’t miss the Estuary Arts Centre near the riverside walkway. Browse the latest exhibitions, take an art class or grab a coffee before your walk. On Saturdays, pop into Valerie's Art Boutique Gallery to find original paintings and prints by Valerie herself.
Game for glamping? You can camp, glamp, cabin or campervan at Ōrewa Beach Holiday Park, a popular accommodation option that sits right on the beach. If a bach is more your style, you’ll find a wide range to choose from, from wee guesthouses to beachside bungalows.
Location Te wāhi
OrewaPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Orewa is 30-40 minutes by car from the city via State Highway 1 or the East Coast Road. Though accessible by bus, driving is recommended for ease and time.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Grab an ice cream from one of the beachfront eateries before walking along the beach – holidaying has never tasted sweeter.