This is below Centennial Drive, just south of the iconic power station chimney. In the 70's this beach was set to be the first 'free beach' designated by a council, but in 1981 the new Summary Offences Act made council designation of a 'free beach' redundant, so the proposal lapsed.
After Back Beach, Tapuae is probably closest to town - it's just 2km north of Oakura. Access is through a helpful farmer's track. Fortunately, things won't change, despite the 'lifestyle development' happening between the beach and the road there...For the size of the local population this is a well patronised beach