Despite its limited facilities Pakiri Beach is very popular with swimmers, surfers and fishermen alike. Many people are drawn here from Auckland in the summer months, as it is one of the first truly open ocean beaches on the east coast, north of the city, and is both picturesque and undeveloped.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Pakiri Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Pakiri Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Pakiri 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
Pakiri Beach is located approximately 10 kilometres north west of Leigh township. It is an exposed ocean beach which runs approximately 12 kilometres to Te Arai Point to the north, with the Pakiri and Tomarata Rivers dissecting it. A store and motor camp can be found near Pakiri’s Southern headland, but otherwise the beach is largely undeveloped. Pakiri is a very popular swimming, surfing, 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.