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Paekakariki Beach

Paekakariki Beach is a popular seaside location on the Kapiti Coast with a solid residential base. The Paekakariki is easily accessible from State Highway 1 that runs parallel to the beach a few hundred metres to the east. Paekakariki Beach is safe for users under average conditions but becomes dangerous in large north to northwest swells that hit the beach at regular intervals. Swimmers should stick to the patrolled area and any users that are in doubt should ask for advice from the Lifeguards.

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Family friendly

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.


Swimming is popular during the summer months. Swimmers tend to concentrate at the northern end where Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club have weekend patrols. The beach does get swell and rips and holes form when waves are at the beach. Swimmers should stay in the Patrolled area provided by the Surf Club.


Paekakariki gets a good amount of swell and is frequently surfed by locals in the area. Paekakariki is a beach break and can be surfed at all tides. The water temperature is generally a few degrees warmer than the south coast of Wellington providing an added attraction. The surf at this beach is generally not that powerful and the waves here are good for learners.


It is difficult to launch boats although small dinghies can be launched over the beach face. Surfcasting is possible but the best fishing in the area can only be reached by boat. The southern end can be accessed by Fisherman’s Table Restaurant where there is good parking. Walking north from this point good fishing spots can be found in between the gaps in rocks and reefs.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


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



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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

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Good. 7/10
Poor. 1/10



Safety at Paekakariki Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

The volunteer patrol service at this beach will commence in the summer season. More information about the 2018/2019 season (including start/end dates and times) will be available here once they are confirmed.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Paekakariki 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


Paekakariki Beach is located 42 kilometres northeast of Wellington on a narrow coastal strip of the Kapiti coast. The sandy section of beach in front of the Surf Life Saving Club is confined with only five metres of golden sand at high tide. Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club is located at the northern end and this is the most popular area. As you move further south down the beach, a rock wall begins to prevent erosion of the road and residential housing. Kapiti Island is located 10 kilometres northwest and a good view of the island can be gained.

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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