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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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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

Activities

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

Facilities

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

Safety

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.

Hazards

Patrols

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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Cloudy
19°c
Max Temp.
19°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Average. 6/10
6
Good. 9/10
9

Tides

6:30Am
High
12:40Pm
Low
7:00Pm
High

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 4:00pm from Labour Weekend to Easter. They hours increase to 11:00am to 5:00pm between 5 December 2020 and 28 February 2021. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 21 December 2020 to 22 January 2021 between 10:00am and 6:00pm.

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 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

Location

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.

Public Transport

Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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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