Free Beaches - Taranaki

Back Beach

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.

Tapuae Beach

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