North Beach is a popular summer time spot for swimming for many Westport locals and visitors to the area. Surfing and fishing are popular all year round. The safest conditions are found in surf under 1 metre. There is a consistent north going rip associated with the rock wall to the south of the beach. There are no facilities located on the beach.The nearest facilities are 4 kms away in Westport. Access is via a road which travels up the rock wall. A metal road runs the length of the beach and there are a number of other access points from there. Buller Surf Rescue patrols this beach during the weekends of the summer months.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
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Safety at North Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting North Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
The volunteer patrol service at this beach will commence in the summer season. More information about the 2018/2019 season (including start/end dates and times) will be available here once they are confirmed.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting North 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
North Beach is a golden sand beach located 4 km northeast of Westport. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and is 1600 metres in length. There is a lot of beach at low tide. The beach is bound by the Buller river rock wall to the south and the Orowhiti Rivermouth to the north. This section of coastline is quite exposed, although Cape Foulwind does provide some protection from southerly swell. The beach is backed by a small number of residential homes and swampy areas. Access to the beach is via a road which runs up the rock wall. There is no designated parking area and no public facilities on the beach.
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.