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Papamoa Beach

Papamoa Beach has a residential base developing very rapidly and this corresponds directly with beach user numbers. Papamoa Beach is safe when there is no swell or very small waves but strong rips and holes form when waves are over a metre. Papamoa is also a great deal more dangerous on the low tide when rips will be moving a lot of water. Swimmers should always stay in the patrolled area.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.

Swimming

Papamoa Beach is a very popular swimming location. The beach has a camping ground located on its foreshore just to the northwest of Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club. This is frequently full during the height of summer. Visitors, along with locals, flock to the beach and large crowds are common. The beach is safe when waves are small but strong rips form when waves are over a metre especially on the lower tide. Local residents are located all along the beach and there are many access points, so it is common for people to be spread all along the beach and not just in the patrolled area. The beach has a low tide terrace and the water stays shallow for some distance out.

Surfing

Surfing at Papamoa Beach is common when there is a swell running. The majority of surfers are locals and know the beach conditions well. There are many left and right hand beach break waves along the beach and Papamoa can be surfed on any tide although the best waves are around mid tide. The beach is offshore in a south to southwest wind.

Fishing

Pipis can be taken from almost anywhere along Papamoa's long expanse of clean white sand. These can be eaten raw and they also provide the number one bait for tarakihi. The beach is very popular with surfcasters. Papamoa has no real boat launching facilities but small boats can be launched with a 4WD when seas are flat. Offshore fishing is very productive.

Activities and facilities

Activities

Facilities

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

Safety

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

Hazards

Patrols

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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly fine with possible showers
12°c
Max Temp.
15°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 4/10
4
Average. 5/10
5

Tides

2:40am
High
9:00am
Low
3:20pm
High
9:40pm
Low

Safety at Papamoa Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Summer Season -10am - 5pm every Saturday and Sunday - volunteer club patrols----Mid December to mid February --10am - 6pm every weekday - Regional (paid) lifeguard patrols----

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 Papamoa 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

Papamoa Beach is located 12 kilometres southeast of Mount Maunganui Main Beach. The beach is white sand and is 7000 metres in length. Papamoa meets with Omanu to the northwest and Maketu to the southeast on the same stretch of coast. The beach has dune fencing along its foreshore. There is a camping ground to the northwest of Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club and towards the southeast end of Motiti Island is located 10 kilometres offshore. Papamoa has a good size residential base and this is expanding very quickly with new subdivisions being developing consistently in the area.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.baybus.co.nz

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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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