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Ohawe Beach

Ohawe Beach is very popular with locals in the area and with large numbers involved in most common beach recreational activities. All patrons of the beach should be wary of the unstable cliffs that surround the beach as these are a real hazard. Care also needs to be taken when waves are over a metre high. Ohawe Surf Life Saving Club patrols the beach on Sundays during the summer months.

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Family friendly

This beach has limited facilities and may not be ideal for families. Not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards.


Ohawe Beach has only a small area of beach (100 metres cleared of rock) that is suitable for swimming. The beach has a large, low tide terrace and swimmers can go quite a distance in the water before getting over their heads. The beach is popular for swimming and is quite safe when waves are small, however when the waves become large the beach can be very dangerous.


The beach is frequently surfed by Ohawe and Hawera locals and often has good waves for learners, while occasionally getting waves that are better for experienced surfers. The surrounding beaches have better quality surfing waves so people tend to travel away from Ohawe to other areas.


Ohawe Beach is a very popular fishing spot with locals in the area as fishermen can get a long way into the ocean on rocks. The beach quickly disappears at high tide so fishermen are advised to get back to the beach before high tide to avoid being trapped. Fishermen also need to watch for falling rocks from the surrounding unstable cliffs.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Ohawe Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

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Safety at Ohawe Beach

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

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Ohawe 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


Ohawe Beach is located eight kilometres west of Hawera, taking State Highway 45 from Hawera turning off at Ohawe Road. There is a small permanent population of 100 people. Many people travel the short distance from Hawera to Ohawe Beach during the warmer summer months. The car parking area at the beach is situated on cliffs giving a good elevated view of the beach. A small recreational area has been cleared of the stones and boulders that are present over the entire beach. The Ohawe Surf Life Saving Club is located behind the main car parking area.

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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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