Himatangi is the closest beach to the city of Palmerston North being only 35 kilometres from the city centre. Himatangi Beach is home to Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club. The beach is popular with Manawatu residents during the warm days of summer and will often be quite crowded during the weekends. The beach is safe when there is small to no swell but can be dangerous in waves over a metre in size. Himatangi Beach has Professional Lifeguards during the primary school summer holiday period.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Boat launching
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Himatangi 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 Himatangi Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Himatangi Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Himatangi Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm between 30 November 2019 and 29 March 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 6:00pm during 17 December 2018 to 25 January 2019.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Himatangi 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
Himatangi Beach is located 35 kilometres from Palmerston North and is a popular beach with residents of the city during the summer months. The beach is only 10 kilometres from State Highway 1. Himatangi Beach is the location of Palmerston North Surf life Saving Club which is situated 100 metres back from the beach front. The Surf Club still has a view of the beach directly in front of the Club but vision to both the north and south is hindered by large sand dunes that exist in this area. The beach is made up of grey sand and there is always a large area for patrons to move around on. Foxton Surf Life Saving Club is located six kilometres to the south and it is possible to drive along the beach between the two. Himatangi Beach has a small local community that is situated directly behind the beach access.
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.
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.