There are some unique and special features to Onemana. The first is the geographic amphitheatre which means that unlike many other “flat” beachside towns, most sections have a sea view. In addition there is a very large grassed beach reserve for all to use, and not something just for beachfront properties to enjoy.
This beach reserve offers two astro-turf public tennis courts, a petanque court and marvellous kids’ Pirate ship adventure playground. Onemana also boasts a lake reserve behind the commercial centre, complete with ducks, water lilies and picnic tables. There is also a Spa/pool complex for residents. Amenities include a dairy and café.
The Beach: The white sandy crescent beach is framed by the grassy beach reserve. There is good swimming particularly at low tide, when there are rock pools at either end of the beach. The Onemana Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach over the Christmas/New Year period until late January, and at Easter and Labour Weekend.
There is no boat launching facilities at Onemana, although plenty of people launch their kayaks and small dinghies from the beach. Fishing too is popular, both from the beach and rocks.
The Birds: Onemana is home to the endangered New Zealand Dotterel. Areas of the beach are fenced off at certain times of the year (usually September to March) in an effort to protect the Dotterels and variable Oyster catchers during nesting season.