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Midway Beach

Midway Beach is located only a few kilometres south of Gisborne city and is a very popular beach. The city’s swimming pool is located directly behind Midway Surf Life Saving Club. Midway’s main users are swimmers and surfers and they both need to take care when waves are over one metre. Midway Surf Life Saving Club patrols weekends and public holidays and there are also professional Lifeguards during the summer months.

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Family friendly

This beach is great for families large and small, with typically small waves and great facilities. It is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Swimming at Midway is a popular activity. The beach consistently has waves of some kind and during large swells the surf is heavy and dangerous, with large waves dumping on a shallow bar. Midway also has a low swash gradient which helps to cause rips and holes when the surf is breaking and extra care needs to be taken at mid tide when these are at their strongest. Swimming at the beach when there is not a lot of swell is quite safe, but bathers who intend to swim when there is surf should swim between the flags.


Midway beach can have good surf and is surfed regularly by locals and travellers. Good bars can form anywhere along the beach but just south of Midway Surf Life Saving Club there are better waves. The beach is very exposed to southerly swells but can easily miss swells from other directions. Midway Beach is also known to surfers as 'the pipeline'.


Surfcasting is possible from Midway beach but is not popular as there are much better places to fish. The most common fish around Midway beach are kahawai.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Water/jet skiing
  • Wind/kite surfing


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


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



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

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Safety at Midway Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Midway Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between 10 November 2019 and 22 March 2020. Between 10 November 2019 and 22 December 2019 lifeguards patrol from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sundays. Lifeguards patrol from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturdays and 9:00pm to 6:00pm on Sundays between 28 December 2019 and 26 January 2020. Patrols close at 5:00pm again between 27 January 2020 and 22 March 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 23 December 2019 to 24 January 2020.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Midway 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


Midway Beach is located two kilometres south of Gisborne’s city centre, 1.3 kilometres south of Waikanae Beach and 1.5 kilometres south of Gisborne port. Midway is a golden sand beach that can be easily accessed from Centennial Marine Drive that runs parallel to the beach for 8 kilometres to the south. The beach is patrolled by Midway Surf Life Saving Club between the Clubhouse and Waipaoa Rivermouth. Although Midway Beach has waves during the summer months, the most consistent and larger swells (being southerlies) are more common during the winter months.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.gdc.govt.nz/bus-service/


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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


At times this site can be high risk (10% or greater 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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