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.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind/kite surfing
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Car parking
- Public toilets
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Safety at Otaki Beach
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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.
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
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.
Bus: Intercity or Newmans bound for Palmy http://www.metlink.org.nz/
Train: Kaptiline Tranzmetro
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
- 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.