Omaha Beach and Bar Reviews and Ratings
(New-Zealand – Northland)
Visitor reviews of Omaha Beach and Bar surf break
November 07, 2011
ditch from New Zealand
I dont know about the comment, "watch out for locals and sharks". I have never had any issues with "locals" nor sharks, though to be fair there are plenty of sharks around.
Omaha Beach and Bar Ratings
Based on 4 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 3.0
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 2.2
(1: Omaha Beach and Bar is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 2.5
(1: Omaha Beach and Bar is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in New-Zealand - Northland. 5: the best break in New-Zealand - Northland).
Difficulty Level: 1.5
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.5
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Omaha Beach and Bar can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Omaha Beach and Bar, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Water Quality: 3.7
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Omaha Beach and Bar is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Omaha Beach and Bar requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 3.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Omaha Beach and Bar for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Omaha Beach and Bar is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 2.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Omaha Beach and Bar, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Omaha Beach and Bar where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 4 votes. Vote
January 13, 2011
bushpig from New Zealand
This break only has anything on it when the swell is coming from the the east. However the reports for Omaha are also applicable for the neighboring Tawharanui break which is a bit more consistent with it being open to the more common northerly swell.
I would like to point out that the Omaha bar doesn't exist any more .
May 27, 2010
Moggy from Australia
Pre 1980 the mouth of Estuary had permanent left bar that offered fast and challenging waves... then the boaties won over with construction of breakwater that altered the sand movements and destroyed a national treasure.
Now the developers are trying to do the same to Whangamata on the Coromandel East Coast...