There is a small community of around 30 houses south of Waikoukou Stream. The pic above is from just in front of the car park.
The sand stretches about 8km to the north, all the way to Cape Kidnappers.
We reached a second stream, and the sun went down behind a high hill closer to the ocean. It was immediately colder, and we turned back.
In the picture below you can see a farm located just behind the beach. This is probably the source of the 4-wheeler tracks.
The Ocean Beach Kiwi Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach in the summer. Surfing is popular here as well as swimming. In the pic below you can see the road up from the beach.
We stopped at the lookout over the beach on our way out. A couple of young girls were just setting out for a walk along the ridge.
The sun may have set on Ocean Beach, but the surrounding hills were bathed in that great evening light. The whole drive through the hills of Tuki Tuki and Ocean Beach is very scenic, with bright green grass and limestone cliffs.
There are no shops at Ocean Beach, so it has a nice remote feel, especially if you take a long walk to the north. There were very few people around on a Monday.
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