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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.

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A good beach for families with some facilities and is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards over summer months. It does have the potential to be dangerous in poor conditions so ensure your family is well prepared.


Ocean Beach is a popular swimming location with many residential homes located in short driving distance. There is regular swell at the Ocean Beach and there is a nasty shore dump, strong rips and currents. Swimmers need to be extremely careful and should always swim in the patrolled area.


Surfing is very popular at Ocean Beach and is surfed whenever there are good waves. The beach often has good bars that form near both the northern and southern headlands. The shore dump is very powerful and surfers should avoid getting tangled up in this area. The beach can be surfed on any tide and is offshore in a southwest wind.


Surfcasting from the beach can be productive with kahawai and snapper commonly caught. There is no boat ramp and launching small dinghies from this beach is very difficult. Rock fishing from the southern headland is possible but anglers need to be very careful as surf conditions are frequently hazardous. There are good offshore spots to fish but boats have to be sailed here from other areas. Diving around the headlands and islands is good but once again care needs to be taken as there are strong currents.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • 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.



Patrolled Beach
Ocean Beach Whangarei is a patrolled beach.
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 ►

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Whangarei Heads Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 7 December 2019 and 23 February 2020. Hours reduce to 11:00am to 4:00pm from 1 March 2020 to 14 April 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 23 December 2019 to 24 January 2020 between 10:30am and 6:30pm.


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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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


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.

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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


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.

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