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Leithfield Beach

Leithfield beach is a popular summer location for swimming for locals in the region. Surfing and fishing are popular all the year round. There are good facilities on the beach. There is a motor camp situated on the beach. The safest conditions exist under 1 metre of surf. Swimmers need to be aware of the conditions as change can occur rapidly at this beach. In larger seas the undertow can be quite strong and dangerous rips and holes can form. Access to the beach is good. The beach is not patrolled by a Surf Life Saving Club.

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Family friendly

A good beach for families however limited facilities and can be dangerous in poor conditions.


Swimming at Leithfield beach is generally safe in conditions under 1 metre of surf. In larger seas, rip currents and holes develop and the undertow can be quite strong. As the coastline is quite exposed, conditions can change very readily and it is rare to have no waves. The beach is quite a popular location for swimming in the summer months for the people of the area.There is no Lifeguarding service at the beach.


Leithfield beach has a beach break which is offshore in northwest to west winds. The best waves are generally surfed at low tide, as at high tide the waves tend to dump onto the shore. There are normally 2 bars. More can develop in larger seas but conditions tend to close out, especially at higher tides.


Surfcasting from the beach is quite popular at Leithfield beach and the incline into the sea is deeper than most of the other beaches around the Canterbury region. There are no rocky headlands to fish from. Offshore fishing in this area is also quite favourable.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets


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



Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

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Good. 7/10
Good. 7/10



Safety at Leithfield Beach

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

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Leithfield 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


Leithfield Beach is located 3 km southeast of Leithfield. It is 5000 metres in length and has a fairly steep slope into the sea. It is very exposed to the environmental conditions having no protective natural features. The beach is backed by a small number of residential homes and farms. The beach has good facilities located about 200 metres south of the main carpark, just past the camping ground.

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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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