​​​​​​​"Growth in the peninsula is enormous. With the amount of development going on I see great opportunity for businesses to set up here. Omokoroa is such a beautiful harbourside village - but it is the people who make it so special." -
La Petite Cafe owner, Bruce Andrews.

About Omokoroa

Omokoroa is one of the most sought-after areas for coastal living in the Western Bay. Set on a long peninsula in the Tauranga Harbour, it has transformed over the years from the sleepy holiday spot to a thriving lifestyle mecca.

Omokoroa translates from Maori legend as 'the place of the long lizard'. It was a plentiful larder and a strategic trading and fighting post for Maori before European settlement in the late 1800's.

The story of Omokoroa can be found on the local Omokoroa website.

Population: 2547. View your latest Census 2013 information here.
LocationAbout 21km north-west of Tauranga, between State Highway 2 and the Tauranga Harbour.​

Community Board

​​​​​​​The Omokoroa Community Board works to represent and advocate for the interests of the community.​​ Find out more about the Omokoroa C​ommunity Board here​​, plus read Agendas and Minutes from meetings.​

Latest Community Newsletter

View the latest edition of our Omokoroa newsletter h​ere.​​

Key Projects​

Domain and Esplanade

We're planning for the short term and future development of the Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade.

​The Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade area is treasured by the community. It’s a great spot for families to enjoy a safe swimming beach and park, and provides all-tide harbour access for boaties and other users, as well as ferry links to Matakana Island.  

But some people are concerned about how the area will cater for the growth in Omokoroa, as there are already issues with congestion at certain times.   ​

We want to develop the domain and esplanade in a way that protects the environment whilst providing for all the recreation and commercial activities that happen there. So we’re preparing a plan for the domain and esplanade area, incorporating both short term solutions and a longer term vision for its development.​ Visit the project page for updates on this project.​

Omokoroa Cycle Trail

This 17km Omokoroa C​ycle Trail​ route, made up of both new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections, will provide a link between the growing township of Omokoroa and Tauranga City's existing urban cycleway network.

The project began in August 2016 and will provide an alternative way to access the urban communities in the area, schools, parks and reserves, Tauranga Harbour area and the higher density rural development areas planned.

The development of this northern city route will also provide an alternative transport choice to the busy State Highway 2 corridor that connects the area to Tauranga City.

The trail will become a key part of a tourist trail from Waihi to Maketu. Construction is anticipated to be completed by June 2018. Estimated cost is $7,500,000. Funding is between NZ Transport Agency, Western Bay Council and Tauranga City Council with additional community and third party contributions including a $1million grant each from TECT and NZ Community Trust. 

Special Housing Area (SHA)

Council has signed a Housing Accord with Central Government for a Special Housing Area (SHA) comprising 240 approx. houses on a 17ha Council-owned site near Omokoroa Road on the southern side of the railway. 

Omokoroa Built Environment Strategy

In September 2007 the Western Bay of Plenty District Council approved the Interim Built Environment Strategy – Phase 1, a high level strategy to improve the built environment of the District. As the Built Environment S​trategy​​ promotes the development of a local identity for each of the growth areas in the District, as defined by SmartGrowth, more detailed strategies will be developed for Omokoroa, Te Puke, Katikati and Waihi Beach.

Omokoroa Structure Plan

In November 2017 Council started consultation regarding the Omokoroa Structure Plan.  Structure plans provide a long term framework for future growth and development of a particular area.

To make sure Omokoroa remains a peninsula paradise it is important that planning decisions made today are well considered to ensure that all current and future residents have a great quality of life.

This version of the structure plan is looking at the area between the rail line and the state highway, and acknowledges the growth of the village into a town and sets a pathway for actions that assure Omokoroa remains a great town to live in and visit. For more information visit the project page.

Page reviewed: 18 Jun 2018 12:12pm