Fitzroy Beach is very popular with locals and visitors to the region. The beach has a good recreational reserve for young families. Also there is a motor camp located directly on the beach and a golf course just north of the motor camp. Swimming is very popular at the beach during the summer months and if there is any kind of wave (which there usually is) there will be people surfing at the beach all year round. The beach is host to Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club and they patrol the beach during weekends in the summer months and all week during the six week school holiday period.
Activities and facilities
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Fitzroy Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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Safety at Fitzroy Beach
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Fitzroy Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm between 24 November 2018 and 11 March 2019.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 7:00pm during 17 December 2018 to 25 January 2019.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
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The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Fitzroy Beach is located three kilometres north of New Plymouth and one kilometre north of East End Surf Life Saving Club on the same stretch of beach. Fitzroy is a residential area of New Plymouth and there is a great deal of housing on and around the beach making it one of the more popular local beaches. Fitzroy Beach is also home to Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club which is located at the top of the boulder retaining wall, a few metres above the level of the sand. The beach is iron sand with a scattering of rocks over the beach with larger bolder outcrops a few hundred metres either side of the Surf Life Saving Club. Behind the beach is a recreational reserve with a children’s pool, playground, picnic area and shelters. The northern end of the beach also has a motor camp and around one kilometre to the north is the Waiwhaiho Rivermouth.
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
- 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.