Omaha has an enviable network of paths and tracks that all loop the suburb back to the beach. From exploring the estuary, or the inner suburb, the walking tracks also connect with the cycleway out of town to point wells, and for the really adventurous, all the way to Matakana (8km one way, including a tough but short hill climb)
The Quarry loop is also a great walk – this local lung buster has over 130 steps (145 including the parts where there are no physical steps!), it is a good test, and can be found at the Southern end of Mangatawhiri – the path then loops back to the beach. Apparently the local record is 12 consecutive loops!
For the really keen, you can walk all the way to Tauwharanui, via Pink Beach at the Southern end of the beach, but pay attention to the tides.
Another great walk is the Ti Point track, which goes around the harbour from the Ti Point Wharf. For a stern hill walk, try Mt Tamahunga, past the Vivian Art Gallery on Big Omaha. Make sure you have strong shoes – it is hilly, and can be very muddy after rain. Any “Geocaching” fans will be well served in Omaha as well.
The beach is just under 4km long, and in itself is a great walk. try going through the predator fence at the north end and having a look at the Dotterel reserve – it is an outstanding example of wildlife protection and the area itself is beautiful.
Finally, the Taniko Walkway is coming soon – looping from the round-about all the way through the Taniko Scientific reserve to the quarry walkway over 4kms south! This epic track will be a major drawcard, and promises to be a great experience for all.