Henderson Bay is a picturesque beach location that attracts a large number of patrons during the warmer summer months. Henderson Bay is good for swimming if the surf is small but strong rips and currents form when waves reach one metre and over. Surfing and fishing are popular year round and these two groups will usually know the best places to go on the day. There is no Lifeguarding Service and Henderson Bay is very isolated, so patrons should stay out of the water if they are in doubt.
Activities and facilities
- Horse riding
- Scuba diving
- Shell fish gathering
- Car parking
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Safety at Hendersons Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Hendersons Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Hendersons 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
Henderson Bay is located 7 kilometres south of Ngataki on the east coast of Aupori Peninsula. Henderson Beach extends from Henderson Point 4800 metres south to Grenville Point and is at the southern end of the larger Great Exhibition Bay. The northern end in front of the car park is made up of rock and reef outcrops that run 300 metres towards the south. The remainder of the beach is golden sand that slopes quickly into the water and then flattens out into a terrace. Simmonds Island is located 2 kilometres offshore from the southern end of the beach. Access to the beach from the car park is a steep and difficult decent of 70 metres. For those with good 4WD, there is a trail down to the beach but this is steep and the sand is very soft and getting bogged is a real hazard for the inexperienced.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
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.
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.