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Oakura Beach

Oakura township is a beach community as is evident when visiting the beach. The beach and surrounding area is carefully looked after and groomed. There is ample car parking and very good facilities. Oakura Beach is one of the most popular beaches for swimming and surfing and there will usually be people in the water. Some large events are held at the beach that attract big crowds. The New Plymouth Old Boys Swimming and Surf Life Saving Club patrol weekends and public holidays from Labour Weekend till Easter and there are professional Lifeguards at the beach during the summer holidays.

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This beach is well suited for families with great facilities and patrolled by Surf Lifeguards over the summer months. Make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions.


Oakura beach is probably the most popular swimming beach in Taranaki. Oakura has quite a steep swash gradient of four degrees. The beach commonly has strong rips around the stream mouths and a nasty beach dump and inshore undertow. The beach is usually quite safe if waves are even and one metre or less. When the swell is not even or larger than one metre, waves will dump heavily onto the sand bar, holes and troughs quickly form, and rips become strong. Many locals live quite a way from the Surf Life Saving Club which means that swimmers can be scattered along the beach. Swimmers are advised to swim between the flags.


Oakura beach is only a beach break but it is often very good. Many locals of all ages surf and it is uncommon to see the beach with a wave and no surfers. There is generally a good hollow right hand wave off the Otupato Stream. However bars can form anywhere along the beach. Oakura is best surfed on mid to low tide in a south to southeast wind.


Rock fishing and surfcasting can be highly productive on occasions. Fisherman need to set up lines to avoid snags. Surfcasting from the central beach area is also quite popular. There is also a boat ramp just to the north of Oakura township. Offshore fishing is excellent.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind/kite surfing


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



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

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Water Conditions

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Poor. 3/10
Average. 4/10



Safety at Oakura Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Oakura Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm between 23 November 2019 and 9 March 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 7:00pm during 17 December 2018 to 25 January 2019.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Oakura 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


Oakura Beach is located 12 kilometres southwest of New Plymouth. There are two entry points to the beach, both off State Highway 45 which runs through the Oakura township. Oakura Beach is the location of New Plymouth Old Boys Swimming and Surf Life Saving Club located on Tasman Parade. Tasman Parade joins with Messenger Terrace and runs the length of Oakura Beach. There are many beach front properties at Oakura Beach as well as a network of other residential housing. There are two creek mouths, one to the southwest end and one located near the middle and slightly northeast of New Plymouth Old Boys SSLSC Clubhouse. There are also rock outcrops at each end of the beach. There is a grass reserve in the back beach area at Oakura with a picnic area, playground and basket ball half court. All of this is backed by a well established residential area.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.trc.govt.nz/bus-routes/


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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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