Orewa, Just half an hour north of Auckland’s harbour bridge, the town spreads inland from the edge of a magnificent three kilometre Pacific Ocean beach.
Orewa is the Gateway to the Hibiscus Coast. This is the place for swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and long, relaxing walks, not to mention kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing. For coastal views, you can’t beat a stroll along the Millennium Walkway.
Beyond the beach, entertainment possibilities include golf at Gulf Harbour, wine trails, hiking in regional parks, cycling, indoor skiing and thermal hot pools. Orewa has a comprehensive shopping centre, with an interesting collection of boutique shops, kiwiana, arts and a wide selection of eating places. Accommodation is plentiful, and it is a popular holiday destination.
Orewa is also considered one of the fastest growing places in New Zealand and is currently one of the most expensive areas in which to buy a house.
The northern motorway, part of State Highway 1, passes just inland of Orewa and extends through the twin Johnston Hill tunnels to near Puhoi. Orewa was administered as part of the Rodney District for two decades, until this was subsumed by the broader Auckland Council in October 2010.
There is a plethora of information online about activities to do, sites to see, shopping and eating/drinking establishments in and around the area. A truly wonderful town in a wonderful place.