The small township of Oakura lies in an area that boasts one of New Zealand's best surf beaches and is near the Kaitake Ranges and the beautiful Mt Egmont. This is an area rich in both Maori and European history and has a strong crafts culture. There's plenty to do in Oakura, especially for adventure lovers, making it a popular year-round holiday destination.

The surrounding areas provide good bases for various walks, including Lucy's Gully and through an area of Californian redwoods. An especially nice walk is from Oakura Beach to Ahu Ahu Beach and on to Weld Rd, where you will see some gorgeous beach scenery.