WalkingThere are numerous walks in and around Onemana. There are four reserves to explore providing easy strolls through the bush with opportunities to view the scenery from the seats placed at various vantage points. Additional tracks can be enjoyed through the forestry blocks and there is a coastal track down the pennisula to Pakahakaha ( known locally as Octopus Bay) and a further three stunning bays. In the opposite direction is the track to Pokohino Bay, situated to the north of Onemana. This is a steep track, leading from the carpark on Normans Road, which takes approximately 15 minutes down and 30 return minutes. All tracks provide excellent access for beach and rock fishing.
Things to Do
SwimmingSwimming is best at low tide due to the shelving nature of the beach. The beach is patrolled during the summer by the Onemana Surf Life Saving Club - check their Facebook page.
SurfingThe bay's big surf attracts board riders and body surfers all year round. A range of breaks are found along the beach.
BoatingThere are no facilities for boat launching at Onemana but these are available just 10 minutes drive away at Whangamata together with two golf courses and other activities.
FishingFishing is a popular pastime, both from the beach and from the rocks at the southern end. Also people enjoy snorkelling amongst the rocks at the northern end of the beach.
Surf LifesavingDuring the summer holidays the club runs training sessions for Nippers - children aged 5-11 years, with activities appropriate for each age group, and Rookies for older children. Many children who come through the ranks from Nippers to Rookies go on to become surf life savers themselves.
Children's PlaygroundsAt the beach reserve adjacent to the tennis courts you can find a children's playground. The pirate ship, including a climbing wall, adds an extra dimension to the playground along with other play equipment for a range of ages of children.
Petanque and VolleyballThere is a petanque court available for use and a volley ball net is erected during the summer on the beach, provided and maintained by ORCA.
GolfThere are two golf courses in Whangamata (an 18 hole course and a 9 hole course). For more information, you can contact the Club directly or visit the Whangamata Information Centre.
Historical Sites of SignificanceThere is also a Maori Pa site on the bluff on the southern end of the beach, where the remains of the fortifications can be seen and explored.