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Otaki Beach

Otaki Beach is located two kilometres west of Otaki’s shopping centre and four kilometres from state Highway 1. Otaki Surf Life Saving Club is located centrally on the beach and the club provides both volunteer and professional Lifeguards during the summer months. The beach will only get large, dangerous waves during periods of bad weather and this is enough to keep people off the beach. The beach slopes gently into the ocean but holes and rips are common. Beach users should always be cautious and listen to instructions of the Lifeguards.

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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.


Otaki Beach provides both volunteer Lifeguards during the weekends as well as professional Lifeguards during the school holiday period making swimming much safer. The beach is seldomly flat, although this does occur more often during the summer. The beach slopes gradually into the ocean but small rips and holes are common and swimmers need to be careful.


Although surfing at Otaki Beach is not great, it seems to have better surf than most of the nearby west coast beaches, so it is quite popular. The wave is only a beach break but it can sometimes have quite good waves.


Otaki's main beach area can be surf casted from however fishing in this area of the beach is not productive. A few kilometres to the south is the Otaki Rivermouth. Fishing around the mouth is popular and can be very good.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


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



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

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Safety at Otaki Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Otaki Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm between 7 December 2019 and 1 March 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 6:00pm during 16 December 2019 to 24 January 2020.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Otaki 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


Otaki Beach is located two kilometres west of Otaki Township. The main access point to the beach is located three kilometres north of the Otaki Rivermouth. There is a small sand dune directly behind the beach that has been turned into a small reserve. The majority of the foredunes are left relatively undisturbed. There is a motor camp at the beach, a child’s health camp and a small shop, along with a well-established residential base. Otaki Surf Life Saving Club is also located at the beach.

Public Transport

Bus: Intercity or Newmans bound for Palmy http://www.metlink.org.nz/

Train: Kaptiline Tranzmetro


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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

Low Risk

Between 1 and 5% risk of illness

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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