Foxton Beach is located five kilometres west from Foxton township and also has a small beach community and good facilities. The beach is home to Foxton Surf Life Saving Club and they provides a Lifeguarding service during weekends over the summer months and there is also a professional Lifeguard service during the primary school holidays over the summer peak. This beach, like Himatangi is popular with Manawatu residents during summer. The beach has hard sand and two wheel drives can drive on it. Foxton and Himatangi Beach users have easy access to parts of the beach that would otherwise not be frequented. Foxton Beach is safe during small swells but can be dangerous in waves over a metre and beach users should always approach local Lifeguards for advice.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Boat launching
- Car parking
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Foxton 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 Foxton Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Foxton Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
The volunteer patrol service at this beach will commence in the summer season. More information about the 2018/2019 season (including start/end dates and times) will be available here once they are confirmed.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Foxton 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
Foxton Beach is located five kilometres west of Foxton Township and 50 kilometres southwest of Palmerston North. On arrival to the beach you come to a large gravel car park capable of accommodating 300 cars. The car park has been cut from the foredune and Foxton Surf Life Saving Club is located at the northern end of the car park (15 metres from the beach). The beach has hard packed grey sand. Two wheel drives can enter the beach just north of the Surf Life Saving Club and safely drive along it from mid to low tide. The beach is backed by large sand dunes that extend for around 100 metres. A small residential community is based behind the dunes.
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.