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.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Shell fish gathering
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Safety at O'Neill Beach
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. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
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
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
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.
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.
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.