Mokau Beach is located only a few hundred metres from the main highway (State Highway 3). The north Taranaki township has good basic facilities including a service station, dairy, takeaways, accommodation and phone. The beach is popular during summer although it is quite dangerous with a large and powerful rivermouth at the southern end of the beach. The beach has no Lifeguarding service and all beach users should be careful. The beach is popular for fishing, swimming and surfing.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Car parking
- Public toilets
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Safety at Mokau Beach
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Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Mokau 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
Mokau Beach is located 70 kilometres northeast of Waitara and 83 kilometres southwest of Te Kuiti. Mokau Beach is located on the northern bank of the Mokau River. The river flows strongly over the southern end of the beach. The beach extends for four kilometres to the north where it meets with Awakino and the Awakino Rivermouth. Mokua Beach is made up of iron sand and there is a scattering of driftwood before the well established sand dunes. The wide rivermouth has formed a large sand bar on its northern bank. Strong rips flow outward from the rivermouth and there is also a strong northerly longshore drift that is also caused mainly by the rivermouth. There is a small residential community directly behind the beach. There is also a motor camp and along the main road (State Highway 3) there are a couple of places to eat, a service station and public toilets. It is also possible to launch boats into the rivermouth but this is generally to head up river rather than going ocean bound.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
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.