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Pakiri Beach

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.

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Family friendly

A good beach for families however limited facilities and can be dangerous in poor conditions.

Swimming

Pakiri Beach is an open ocean beach with a moderate gradient and normally one sandbar. The beach is popular with swimmers, with many Aucklanders making daytrips north to swim here in summer. It receives northerly through to easterly swells and provides generally good swimming conditions, although care should be taken during high seas or strong winds.

Surfing

Pakiri Beach is an open ocean beach offering good beach and bar breaks. It is fairly exposed in comparison to neighboring beaches and receives northerly through to easterly swells. Good bar breaks can be found in and around the Pakiri River mouth near the Southern end of the beach.

Fishing

Surfcasting and shellfish gathering are both popular at Pakiri Beach. Rock fishing is possible from its southern headland although a long walk along the beach will be required.

Activities and facilities

Activities

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind-powered vehicles

Facilities

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

Safety

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

Hazards

Patrols

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Cloudy with Showers
20°c
Max Temp.
20°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Poor. 1/10
1
Poor. 3/10
3

Tides

3:10am
Low
9:00am
High
3:30pm
Low
9:30pm
High

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 ►

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.
 

Hazards

Click a safety symbol for more information on the risk

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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency

Location

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.

Public Transport

Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.

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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.

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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