Heading back north, this small seaside settlement halfway between Tauranga and Katikati presents another great escape from crowded surf beaches. Omokoroa is tidal, but with safe swimming on the high tide. There are pleasant grassy reserves beside the estuary. Add in a playground, general store, wharves (ferries to Matakana Island) and it’s a fine recipe for a family day out. The reserve has public toilets.