Onemana is like this...|
The 350 Beach houses, many of which have a wonderful sea view, is home to a mixture of full time residents, business people who prefer to work from the tranquil shores and holiday makers who come as often as they can. The quiet town comes alive in the summer months often buzzing with the excitement of children , while in winter, the quiet nights are often only broken up by the crackling of log fires and in the beautiful starry sky. With the big city lights miles away, you are able to experience one of the true pleasures of the area, the full moon rising over the ocean, stars so close that you can pick them, making a magical experience, that is sure to be memorable the Coromandel at its best.
The beach reserve offers two Astro-turf public tennis courts, a Pentaque court and marvellous kids Pirate Ship adventure playground and the beautiful ocean with too many faces. Surfers, paddle and kayak trips to small secluded beaches await the adventurer while the hikers have a range of beach and forest walks to choose from.
The Whangamata Information centre provides information of the various bush walks along the peninsula and Pokohino beach. There is also a Maori Pa site on the bluff t the southern end of the beach, where the remains of the fortifications can be seen.
The white sandy beach with overhanging Pohutukawas and a large grassy reserve provide a natural playground for children. Swimming is best at low tide due to the shelving nature of the beach which is patrolled during the summer holidays
Amenities include a dairy, caf, motel accommodation, and access to the Onemana Spa & Pool complex is by way of membership.
One of the main activities is fishing from the rocks at the southern end or from a kayak or boat. .
At the Lake Reserve, many a duckling can hide under the beautiful water-lilies in the ponds while the trees offer a nest to Tui, Kingfisher, Frogs, Kiwis and Pukekos.
Onemana loves to play host for unique residents the New Zealand Dotterel. Areas of the beach are fenced off at certain times of the year (usually about September until February) in an endeavour to protect the dotterels and variable oystercatchers during their nesting season.
Another memorable annual event is when the thunder cruise from Beach Hop arrive in mass to spend the day in Onemana and hundreds line the roads and streets to see these beasts.
No wonder that Onemana was recently listed as one of the top places in New Zealand to retire.
Onemana is indeed Shangri La (imaginary beautiful) as many surfers and visitors remember the long summer days in paradise while the residents daily marvel in the beauty of the sea and bush