Red Beach is a busy urban beach with good facilities including the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club catering mainly for the large local population. It is a safe swimming beach under average conditions with plenty of car parking and a reserve area at its northern end adjoining a motor camp.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Red Beach
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Red Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 7 December 2019 and 23 February 2020. Hours are reduced to 11:00am to 4:00pm between 1 March 2020 and 29 March 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020 between 11:00am and 6:00pm.
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
Red Beach is located 41 kilometres north of Auckland, on the North Coast of the Whangaparoa Peninsula. The beach has a gentle gradient and commonly has no bars, however the beach shape is prone to change during storms. Red Beach is bound at each end by headlands. Red Beach has good facilities including a Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club, and plenty of parking. The width of sandy beach varies a great deal between low and high tide, with only a metre around the high. The beach is backed by a small rock wall to prevent erosion and a narrow grass strip. It is a busy local beach with a large resident population.
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
- 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.