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Maketu Beach

Maketu Beach is pleasant and caters well for a large range of beach users. There are many hazards for beach users and they need to take care. A main concern is the estuary mouth and the rocks and reefs at the southern end. There is a Lifeguarding service and users should ask Lifeguards for any advise that they need on the area. There are many knowledgeable locals in the area if no Lifeguards are available.

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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 in front of the Surf Life Saving Club is popular and the safest area. Swimmers need to steer clear of the rocks at the north eastern end of the beach and also the tidal inlet 300 metres to the southwest. The inlet forms a strong outgoing rip on an outgoing tide. There is a reasonable size residential population and there are also many travellers during the summer months.


Surfing is possible but not that popular as there is only a small amount of local surfers and non locals will usually go to other locations for a surf. You can travel east from Maketu to the other side of Okurei Point to Newdicks Beach. The land is private and a $2 charge per car and $1 charge per person is to be paid for those wanting to go to the beach. Newdicks Beach has a very good beach break but you need to be careful of the odd submerged rock. The beach faces to the northeast and is offshore in a southwest wind.


Surfcasting is popular at Maketu Beach especially around the inlet mouth. The area is also famous for its mussel beds, so snorkelling and diving are advised for the area. Boats can be launched into Maketu Estuary but only very small boats can be used outside of high tide as water levels are too shallow. There is a reef system just offshore and this provides excellent snapper and tarakihi fishing.

Activities and facilities


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


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



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

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Safety at Maketu Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Maketu is patrolled between 8 December 2019 and 9 February 2020. Between 8 December 2019 and 9 February 2020 volunteer lifeguards patrol from 11:00pm to 4:00pm on Sundays only.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 5:00pm from 21 December 2019 to 10 January 2020.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Maketu 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


Maketu Beach is located 12 kilometres northeast of Te Puke on the east coast of the Bay of Plenty. The beach faces to the northwest and is golden sand. Just to the east of Maketu Surf Life Saving Club is a caravan park and to the west there is a large tidal inlet and grassy reserve. The northern end is very rocky and there is only a small stretch of useable beach (300 metres) to the southwest before reaching the tidal inlet. This small stretch of beach is the most well used area and the location of Maketu Surf Life Saving Club. Just to the west of the tidal inlet is a sand spit where the endangered New Zealand Dotteral nests from September to March.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.baybus.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.

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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