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Mairangi Bay

An accessible, quiescent beach with parking right next to the park and beach. Very popular with local residents and those after a quieter, safer family beach, together with the added safety of the Surf Life Saving Club.

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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.


This is a usually safe beach with little hazard posed by the low waves. However at high tide the water is relatively deep right off the beach, while at low tide swimmers must move further into the bay to reach deeper water.


Usually calm, except during strong easterly winds, which generate a 1 to 2 metre windy beach break waves.


The northern rock platform is used as a public walkway to the northern end of the bay, and also provides a good, relatively safe, location for rock fishing.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Sailing
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Mairangi Bay

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Mairangi Bay is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 6:00pm between 7 December 2019 and 23 February 2020. These hours are reduced to 11:00am to 5:00pm between 1 March 2020 and 29 March 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020 between 11:00am to 6:00pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Mairangi Bay. 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


Mairangi Bay is a usually quiescent beach located at the mouth of a small valley occupied by residential housing. The beach is 350 m long, faces east north east and is bordered by rocky bluffs and rock platforms at each end. A creek drains across the southern end of the beach. Sidmouth Road leads to the beach and runs along the centre 200 metres of the beach. Between the road and the beach is a small car park and a 20 metre wide grassy park containing a small play area and picnic tables. The Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club and public amenities are located at the southern end of the park, while there is a small boat ramp at the northern end, and the entire park is fronted by a 2 metre high seawall. The beach usually receives low waves averaging about 0.3 metre. At high tide these lap against the moderately sloping 15 to 25 metre wide high tide beach. As the tide falls the waves begin to break across gently sloping sand flats which may reach 50 metres in width at low tide.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.maxx.co.nz/


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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

Low Risk

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.

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