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Our 2017 themed fundraising exhibition features a group of artists whose works explores Shades of Nature in a range of media. Artists include: Emma Bass, Michael Dell, Nicky Foreman, Linda Holloway, Danny Knox, ... More ►
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Based on Nicolas Dillon’s major 2015 survey exhibition Observing Nature, the Millennium Public Art Gallery has developed a new, smaller exhibition which will travel to public art galleries and museums in other regions ... More ►

Tahunanui Beach

Tahunanui beach is a location most suited for swimming. There is generally no sizeable surf and as the swash gradient of the beach is shallow, surfing and fishing are not popular activities. The beach is a popular place, especially during the summer, with the beach well suited to family usage. There are a wide range of other activities in the ‘fun park’ immediately adjacent to the beach, and good facilities are provided. The beach is patrolled by Nelson Surf Life Saving Club in the weekends of the summer months. Check here for patrol times www.findabeach.co.nz/beaches/tahunanui/safety

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Family friendly

This beach is great for families large and small, with typically small waves and great facilities. It is patrolled by surf lifeguards during the summer months. Check here for patrol times www.findabeach.co.nz/beaches/tahunanui/safety

Swimming

Tahunanui is a very popular beach amongst both Nelson residents and visitors to the region. Numbers in the area swell over the summer holiday period, but swimming is enjoyed well into autumn, and starts in spring. The beach remains shallow for some distance offshore, though deeper holes may form. The beach rarely has sizeable surf. Take care near the mouth of the estuary, as strong currents may be experienced. The beach is patrolled by Nelson Surf Life Saving Club during the summer weekends, patrol times can be found here www.findabeach.co.nz/beaches/tahunanui/safety/

Surfing

Tahunanui is sheltered from any form of sizeable waves, as such surfing is virtually non-existent at this beach. However young children can ride body boards on the small beach break.

Fishing

Surfcasting from Tahunanui is possible, but due to the shallow nature of the seafloor it is usually unrewarding. More people tend to fish from the rock wall which extends along the eastern-side of the beach. Boat fishing in Tasman Bay is good.

Activities and facilities

Activities

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles

Facilities

  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets

Safety

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

Hazards

Patrols

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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Sunny with some cloud
18°c
Max Temp.
14°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Poor. 2/10
2
Poor. 1/10
1

Tides

2:30am
Low
8:30am
High
2:50pm
Low
9:00pm
High

Safety at Tahunanui Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

We patrol at Tahunanui Beach. 4 December 2011 - 1 April 2012----- Sundays 1-5pm

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 Tahunanui 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

Tahunanui Beach is situated on the coastline, adjacent to the Nelson suburb of Tahunanui, 5 km southwest of Nelson City centre. The golden sand beach is approximately 1 km long, and slopes gently into the ocean; it is sheltered from large swell. The beach is backed by the residential and holiday area of Tahunanui, and a ‘fun park’. A seawall runs along the eastern-side of the beach, which wraps around the bay, to Port Nelson; the western-side of the beach leads into the estuary. A road runs the length of the beach, and there are numerous beach access locations. Good facilities are provided at the beach.

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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

Moderate Risk

Between 5 and 10% 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.

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