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Kariaotahi Beach

Karioitahi Beach is a fairly popular swimming and surfing spot with locals during summer. It has reasonable facilities including a Surf Club, as well as a cafe , restaurant and bar on the clifftop above the beach.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Karioitahi Beach is an extremely exposed beach. Due to the large surf that prevails here and the uneven nature of the beach swimmers are advised to swim in the patrolled area wherever possible.


Karioitahi Beach is an extremely exposed beach which picks up southerly through westerly swell. It offers good beach and bar breaks, although due to the uneven nature of the ocean floor surfing is best here at mid to high tide.


Due to the uneven nature of the ocean floor here surfcasting would be possible, despite the generally low gradient.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Boat launching
  • 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 Kariaotahi Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



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

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Safety at Kariaotahi Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Kariaotahi Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:30am to 5:00pm between 20 October 2018 and 25 November 2018. These hours are extended to 10:00am to 6:30pm between 8 December 2018 and 24 February 2019. Hours then extend to 9:30am to 7:00pm between 22 December 2018 and 17 February 2019. Hours return to 10:00am to 6:30pm from 23 February 2019 to 17 March 2019. Patrolled times reduce to 10:30am to 5:00pm between 23 March 2019 and 22 April 2019.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 17 December 2018 to 8 February 2019 between 11:00am and 7:00pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Kariaotahi 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


Karioitahi Beach is located approximately 40 kilometres west of Papakura on the West Coast, south of the Manukau Harbour entrance. It is isolated beach access point between the cliffs that run most of the length of this strip of coast with few distinguishing geographical features. A small creek mouth runs through the centre of the beach. The beach is patrolled by members of the Karioitahi Surf Life Saving Club.

Public Transport

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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.

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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