An easy drive from both Invercargill and Bluff, the quaint area of Omaui offers scenic reserves, bush walks, picnicking spots, and a stunning beach.
An easy drive from both Invercargill and Bluff, the quaint area of Omaui will not leave you disappointed. At Greenhills, turn off the main road and follow roads surrounded by bush to Omaui. The drive is most spectacular in December and January when rata and clematis flowers are in full bloom.
Omaui Reserve is a peaceful reserve overlooking the New River Estuary and the adjacent Omaui Scenic Reserve (owned by the Department of Conservation) is home to a large tract of native bush and the new 1 hour 30 minute return Omaui Scenic Reserve Track. The native forest also provides a sheltered backdrop to a picnic area and on the stunning Omaui Beach sea views abound.
The beach became the final resting place for the steamer ‘Guiding Star’ in 1862. Originally named the ‘SS Oberon’, the unfortunate vessel was wrecked after striking a rock and was beached by her captain alongside Omaui village. Her boiler is sometimes exposed on the beach by shifting sand. Originally occupied by Maori, Omaui village was used by Europeans as a whaling base, pilot station and health camp.
- Free Things to Do
- Outdoor Activities
- Natural Attraction
- Less than half day
- Family Friendly
- Scenic Photo Point
- Scenic Attraction
- Walking & Tramping