Riversdale Beach is a popular seaside resort in the Wairarapa. The beach has a solid residential base and there are numerous holiday homes. The beach also has a motor camp, shop and golf course that attract people to the area. The beach is safe when there is only a small wave but large dangerous swells are common here and all beach users need to be very careful. Swimmers should stay in the Lifeguard patrolled area and all beach users should ask the Lifeguards for advice if they are in doubt.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Shell fish gathering
- Boat launching
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Riversdale 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 Riversdale Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Riversdale Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
2017-2018 Season --Sat 9th December 2017 to Sunday 25th February 2018 inclusive.----Patrol Hours--Labour Weekend 2017 12 noon to 5pm, Sat, Sun and Mon.--Weekend patrols from Sat 9th December 2017, 12 noon until 5 pm. --Daily from 26 December 2017 until 31 January 2018, 9.30am to 5.30pm. --Weekend patrols will resume on 3rd/4th February (including Waitangi Day 6th Feb), 12noon to 5pm until 25th February when the club closes down until Easter when it will do the last patrols for the season between 12noon and 5pm on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. Patrols will be on for the weekends in March if there is demand.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Riversdale 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
Riversdale Beach is 3 kilometres in length and is situated 56 kilometres southeast of Masterton. The beach is a course golden sand. Riversdale Beach has rocks and reefs scattered along its shore and are a kilometre out to sea however there are large rock formations at the northwest end and southeast end that stretches out into the ocean. There is a river mouth at the northwest end. Riversdale Beach faces northeast.
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.
Overall recreation risk
The long term risk status based on three years of data
- Less than 1% 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.