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Amberley Beach

Amberley beach is a popular summer location for swimming for locals in the region. Surfing and fishing are popular all the year round. There are good facilities on the beach. There is no motor camp, but camping sites are available for a small fee. The safest conditions exist under 1 meter of surf. Swimmers need to be aware of the conditions as change can occur rapidly at this beach. In larger seas the undertow can be quite strong and dangerous rips and holes can form. Access to the beach is good. The beach is not patrolled by a Surf Life Saving Club.

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This beach has limited facilities and may not be ideal for families. It is not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards.


Swimming at Amberley beach is generally safe in conditions under one metre of surf. In larger seas, rip currents and holes develop and the undertow can be quite strong. As the coastline is quite exposed, conditions can change very readily and there are rarely no waves. The beach is quite a popular location for swimming in the summer months for the people of the area. The beach is not patrolled by a Surf Life Saving club.


Amberley beach has a beach break which is offshore in northwest to west winds. The best wave is generally surfed at low tide, as at high tide the waves tend to dump onto the shore. There are normally two bars. More can develop in larger seas but conditions tend to close out, especially at higher tides.


Surfcasting from the beach is quite popular at Amberley beach and the incline into the sea is deeper than most of the other beaches around the Canterbury region. There are no rocky headlands to fish from. Offshore fishing in this area is also quite favourable.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Motorbikes/4WD's


  • Car parking


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



Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

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Safety at Amberley Beach

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

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Amberley 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


Amberley beach is located 5 km south east of Amberley. It is a shingle beach which stretches for 5000 metres. It has a fairly steep slope into the sea. It is very exposed to the environmental conditions having no protective natural features. The beach is backed by a small number of residential homes and farms. The beach has good facilities. The main access is from the carpark at the end of the main road to the beach.

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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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