The settlements of Omana and Maraetai face north and are sited on either side of a headland, with the land rising quite steeply back from the foreshore thus offering spectacular and in many cases panoramic views stretching from Auckland City to the Coromandel Ranges. Maraetai was a very early european settlement dating back to 1838 and like Beachlands was subdivided in the 1920s. Omana's major housing developments followed after a large subdivision in the late 1950's.
The name "Omana" has been shortened from O-Manawatere, (meaning "the dwelling place of Manawatere") from the name given to the Ngai Tai pa site, now part of Omana Regional Parkpark.
The Maori name "Maraetai" means "meeting place by the sea". The settlement has been well named for the meaning still holds true today as many families flock to this beautiful part of The Pohutukawa Coast to swim, picnic, fish, or just walk the beaches.
Swimming is safe at both Omana and Maraetai, with grassed verges suitable for picnicing and relaxing on. There is excellent parking and a grassed area supporting a large children's play area and boat ramp beside the "Maraetai Beach Boating Club". If you are early parking can be found alongside the length of the beach.
The area supports a school, pre-school facilities, a service station, restaurant/cafes, dairies, takeaway foods, a very active boating club, and a much valued volunteer Coastguard/Sea Rescue Organisation.
Before reaching Omana / Maraetai you pass the "Te Puru Park" again north facing and supporting its own beach. Although very tidal this is another very safe place to swim when the tide allows, and the park offers excellent parking, a childrens outdoor playground, skateboard ramp. and is the home to the local Tennis Club, Scout Group and the Te Puru Community and Sports Centre.
On the eastern side and seperated from Te Puru by the Te Puru Creek, lies the "Omana Regional Park", one of the Auckland Regional Council's wide network of parks. The main entrance to the park is on the left at the Omana Beach turnoff. As well as being a working farm, it offers a basic camping ground, wonderful views of the inner gulf, easy walks, a safe swimming beach at high tide, picnic areas, barbecue facilities and, a favourite attraction with children, friendly farm animals.