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Ahipara Beach

Ahipara Beach is a safe swimming location and it gets a great deal of use for this purpose during the warmer months. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and waves break evenly all along the beach. Just to the south of the beach there is a good fishing and surfing spot and this gets a great deal of use. All users need to be careful of the northward longshore drift that is present during times of surf.

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This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Ahipara Beach is very popular for swimming during the summer months. The swimming season continues beyond most other areas in the country due to the warm climate of the area. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and stays very even which is good for swimmers because there are not too many surprises. Swimmers should be aware that the beach does have a great deal of sharp rocks under the surface on the high tide. The beach can have a strong longshore drift and rips and currents can form when waves are over a metre.


Surfing at Ahipara is not very good. The beach is very even and waves will normally close out. Just to the south at Shipwreck Bay there is one of the best left hand points in the country. This wave is offshore in a southwest wind and is best in a southwest swell that wraps around the point. It’s a long walk to get to these waves but worth the effort. You can also drive a car around the beaches and rocks to get to the waves but you need to be very careful not to get caught out by the tide or you may be looking for a new car.


Fishing is very popular at Ahipara Beach and also at the nearby Shipwreck Bay. Surfcasting in the area is popular although most people would rather fish from the rocks at the southern end of the beach where deep water can be reached. Boats can be launched from the beach. The beach is hard sand and boats can be shuttled to the water without too much trouble.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Ahipara Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Ahipara Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

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Safety at Ahipara Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Ahipara Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Far North SLSC
Patrolled Beach
Ahipara Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Ahipara Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 14 December 2019 and 27 January 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday between 23 December 2019 and 24 January 2020 from 10:30am to 6:30pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Ahipara Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


Ahipara Beach is located 14 kilometres southeast of Kaitiaia on the west coast of Northland. Ahipara Beach forms the southern most point of Ninety Mile Beach. Just south of Ahipara Beach is Shipwreck Bay. Shipwreck Bay is small and separated from the main beach by rocky outcrops. Ahipara Main Beach is small in length being only 600 metres due to the rocky outcrops at either end. However at low tide when the gentle slope is exposed, the beach runs as far as the eye can see (this length of beach is known as Ninety Mile Beach, in fact the beach is ninety kilometres in length). Ahipara Beach is made up of golden sand, rocky outcrops and shore platforms. At low tide people can drive onto Ninety Mile Beach from here for up to 90 kilometres to the north.

Public Transport

For NRC ‘Safe Beach Driving’ & WDC ‘Vehicles on Beaches’ bylaws information please visit:-

Northland Regional Council | Whangarei District Council


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Beach Water Quality

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data

Low Risk

Between 1 and 5% risk of illness

Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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