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Kai Iwi Beach

Kai Iwi Beach is located 19 kilometres northwest of Wanganui and is becoming one of the most popular beaches in the area. The beach has a small residential and holiday home base that is popular during the summer holiday period. Wanganui Surf Life Saving Club have formed patrols during summer weekends and full time during the primary school holidays. The beach is good for swimming, surfing and fishing but it does have many hazards and beach users should swim between the flags.

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Family friendly

A good beach for families with some facilities and is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards over summer months. It does have the potential to be dangerous in poor conditions so ensure your family is well prepared.

Swimming

Kai Iwi Beach is a very popular swimming location but can be very dangerous. The beach has two main sandbars that run the length of the beach. These bars can be cut through at times by the stream mouths at either end of the beach. The Mowhanau and Kai Iwi Streams, in addition to causing rips at the beach also create larger holes. There are also underlying rocks that can be very hazardous to swimmers. Wanganui Surf Life Saving Club provide Lifeguards on the weekends during summer and also professional full time lifeguards during the primary school holidays. Swimmers should always swim between the flags and accept any advice the lifeguards give them.

Surfing

Kai Iwi Beach gets west to southwest swells that are common along this stretch of coastline. The stream mouth at each end of the beach form good bars and waves can be good. The bars are flat and change regularly, so wave quality varies a great deal. The beach can be surfed on any tide, but is best around high tide. Kai Iwi Beach is offshore in a northerly wind.

Fishing

Both the Mowhanau and Kai Iwi Streams can have productive fishing but the area is erratic. Just to the north of the main beach area, over the Kai Iwi Stream footbridge is considered the best fishing in the area. Many people attempt to launch small boats off the beach and this gives access to great offshore fishing, but caution must be taken as many boats end up capsizing crossing the bars.

Activities and facilities

Activities

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind/kite surfing

Facilities

  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets
  • Shower

Safety

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

Hazards

Patrols

Patrolled Beach
Kai Iwi Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly fine with possible showers
20°c
Max Temp.
19°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 4/10
4
Poor. 1/10
1

Tides

4:50am
Low
11:00am
High
5:10pm
Low
11:10pm
High

Safety at Kai Iwi Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Wanganui SLSC
Patrolled Beach
Kai Iwi Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
 

Patrol Hours

2016/2017 season - December to February.

Hazards

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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Kai Iwi 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

Location

Kai Iwi Beach is located 19 kilometres northwest of Wanganui by car. The beach is becoming popular in this area. The beach has a small residential and holiday home area and there is also a motorcamp that remains full during the summer peak period. There are many hazards at Kai Iwi Beach, such as Mowhanau and Kai Iwi Streams and also the high cliffs that surround the beach. The beach has good facilities and a small beach area that is directly accessible. There are footbridges over both the Mowhanau and Kai Iwi Streams that open up new areas of beach for patrons to walk to.

Public Transport

Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.

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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

Moderate Risk

Between 5 and 10% 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.

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