Bike, swim or lick an icecream at this beachy paradise, writes Elisabeth Easther.

If you’re looking to stay a little longer that the afternoon, you’ll need a B&B near Orewa. See if our room is available at a time that suits you. Our bed & breakfast is about 17kms north of Orewa.

Orewa Beach
Where is it? On the Hibiscus Coast, just 40km north of Auckland’s CBD.

Origin of name: Named for the native tree, the rewarewa, over time it was truncated to Orewa.

Population: 9180.

Town slogan: Pure beachfront.

Tunnel vision: When the Northern Gateway Toll Road opened, Orewa was no longer on the main road heading north; the place is so much nicer without all that traffic.

Grab a selfie: Take a holiday snap with Sir Edmund Hillary. Sculpted by Chen Wei-Ming, the statue was erected in Hillary Square in 1991.

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Town fiestas: The Orewa Big Dig is a charming Lions fundraiser held each summer and the Santa Parade is also groovy. The Saturday morning farmers’ market is another good reason to visit. Plus there are plenty of cultural and sporting events throughout the year.

Here for a short time: Ride a bike, go for a swim, lick an icecream, and admire the 3km of heavenly beach.

Best time to stop: Of course it’s dandy during the height of summer, but it’s also popular in winter and particularly invigorating during a storm.