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Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is a popular swimming, surfing and fishing spot and can become very busy during summer. It has good facilities, including the Sunset Beach Surf Life Saving Club and several shops, as well as plenty of parking.

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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.


Sunset Beach is an exposed beach. Due to the large surf that prevails here and the uneven nature of the beach swimmers are advised to swim in the patrolled area.


Sunset Beach is an exposed beach which picks up south westerly through to westerly swell. It offers good beach and bar breaks, and a good left hand wave off its southern point during south westerly swells.


Rock fishing from the headland and outcrops at the southern end of Sunset Beach is popular, as is fishing from the Waikato River banks at its rear. Surfcasting would be marginal due to the gentle gradient of the beach.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Sunset Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Sunset 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 14 April 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 16 December 2019 to 24 January 2020 between 11:00am and 7:00pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Sunset 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


Sunset Beach/ Port Waikato is located approximately 40 kilometres south west of Pukekohe on the West Coast, at the mouth of the Waikato River. It is a popular swimming, surfing and fishing spot with a small resident population. It has a headland to the South and the Waikato River estuary at its rear. The beach is patrolled by members of the Sunset Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

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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.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data


There is not enough data to generate a recreational risk grade.

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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