Ocean Beach Whangarei
Ocean Beach is a popular location and it is good for numerous beach activities. Anyone intending on going into the water should seek advice from the Lifeguards and swimmers should always stick to the patrolled area.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Scuba diving
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Ocean Beach Whangarei and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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Safety at Ocean Beach Whangarei
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Ocean Beach Whangarei. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Whangarei Heads Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 4:00pm between 20 October 2018 and 25 November 2018. These hours are extended to 11:00am to 5:00pm between 1 December 2018 and 24 February 2019. Hours return to 11:00am to 4:00pm from 2 March 2019 to 22 April 2019.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 24 December 2018 to 25 January 2019 between 10:30am and 6:00pm.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Ocean Beach Whangarei. 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
Ocean Beach is located 37 kilometres southeast of Whangarei and just north of Bream Head. Ocean Beach is the home of Whangarei Heads Surf Life Saving Club and the Surf Club is located well back into the sand dunes at an elevated position that allows a good view. The beach is 400 metres in length and there is no easy foot access. The view from the main parking area is excellent and a good idea of the days conditions can be gained from here. A stream mouth runs out over the centre of the beach and will often form a pond behind the beach as it struggles to make its way to the ocean. The beach is made up of light coloured sand and is bound at each end by rocky headlands. The southern headland is considerably larger and there two small islands just offshore. The Bream Islands are also sited off the southern headland about 1.2 kilometres.
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.
Overall recreation risk
The long term risk status based on three years of data
- There is not enough data to generate a recreational risk grade.
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.