Pukehina Beach has a well-established user base and this number is magnified during the summer months with a full motor camp. The beaches shape and hazards change a great deal from the southeast end where you enter the beach up to the northwest end. Swimmers are advised to use the northern end of the beach as waves break more evenly and there isn't the same shore dump and under current. The whole beach frequently gets waves and when surf is over a metre the entire beach is hazardous. Surfing and fishing are popular at the northern end around the estuary mouth and people using this area should be very careful. Pukehina Beach has a Lifeguarding service and all beach patrons should swim between the flags and listen to advice of the Lifeguards.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Pukehina Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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Safety at Pukehina Beach
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Pukehina Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 8 December 2018 to 24 February 2019. Volunteer lifeguards patrol on Sundays only from 10:00am to 2:00pm between 11 November 2018 and 2 December 2018. Between 8 December 2018 and 24 February 2019 volunteer lifeguards patrol from 10:00am to 4:30pm all weekend.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 24 December to 18 January.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
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The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Pukehina Beach is located 28 kilometres from Te Puke on the east coast of the North Island. The beach is 6 kilometres in length. The northwest end is the most well used area as this is where the best fishing and surfing spots are located. This is also the most dangerous end of the beach with a tidal estuary that has a strong rip on an outgoing tide. The inside of this same estuary is a good safe place to swim when the waves and rips are too strong at the beach. Also the beach slopes steeply into the ocean and is over head height only a few metres from the beach. This end of the beach has strong rips and a nasty shore dump. The newly built Pukehina combined services centre is located at the northwest end also. The southeast end slopes into the ocean at a more gentler rate and has more useable beach space making it a more popular swimming location.
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.