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O'Neill Beach

O’Neill Beach is a popular West Coast surfing and fishing spot, despite the fact that it can only be reached on foot from Bethells Beach and has no facilities. However, given its exposed and turbulent nature swimmers are advised to stick to patrolled area at Bethells Beach.

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This is an isolated location with no facilities. Can be dangerous in poor conditions.


O’Neill Beach is an open ocean beach with an uneven ocean floor as well as topographical rips near its headlands. Given its large prevailing surf and the potentially dangerous nature of this beach swimming is not encouraged here. As with most of the Auckland Region’s West Coast beaches swimmers are advised to stick to patrolled areas, such as neighbouring Bethells Beach.


O’Neill Beach is fairly exposed and receives a good range of swell from southerly through to westerly. It offers excellent beach and bar breaks, including a good right hand wave off its northern headland during westerly swells.


Rock fishing is popular from the various headlands and outcrops in and around O’Neill Beach, although surfcasting would be marginal due to its gentle gradient.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Shell fish gathering



The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at O'Neill 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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Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 4/10
Good. 9/10



Safety at O'Neill Beach

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Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

Patrol Hours

20th October 2012 to 7th April 2013

- Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in October, November, March and April: 11am-4pm

- Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in December, January and February: 11am-5pm


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting O'Neill 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


O’Neill Beach is located approximately 36 kilometres north west of Auckland, on the West Coast. It is an open ocean beach with headlands at either end and is punctuated by rocky outcrops. O’Neill Beach is accessible via sand dunes at the Northern end of neighboring Bethells Beach, and is a popular surfing, swimming and fishing spot.

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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.

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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