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Swim with the dolphins!

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Orama’s tranquil rock and sand beach at Karaka Bay is safe for swimming and many use our floating jetty to swim from. If you’re very fortunate, you many even get to see and swim among dolphins as they come into the bay to play!

Stunning surf beaches are close by

Great Barrier Island boasts some of the most outstanding surf beaches on New Zealand’s east coast. Most well-known is Okiwi beach with its legendary right hand break, Awana beach and Shark Alley at Medlands Beach. These beaches can be accessed by vehicle. The nearest is Okiwi which is about 6km from Orama and Medlands is the furthest, approximately 25km from Orama.

Explore in a kayak or dingy


Kayaks are available for hire from Hillary Outdoors for day trips and offer a great way to get out and see the island and its many beautiful, private beaches nestled within and around Karaka Bay and Port Fitzroy. Training on safe use of kayaks is included for first-timers.

Aluminium Dinghies are also available to hire from Hillary Outdoors for fishing and boating.

Prior booking is essential.

Contact Hillary Outdoors directly for prices and info on 0800 OUTTHERE or via the contact form on their website.


Orama Oasis is a dynamic Christian community based on Great Barrier Island with a vibrant history of restoring and equipping people for life’s journey. Every year more than 2500 visitors come to enjoy a holiday adventure, a spiritual retreat or a training school at Orama ... Read more

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