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Tairua Beach

Tairua Beach has a well-established residential community and this swells during the summer months. Beach usage at Tairua is high with a great deal of swimmers and other beach users. Swimmers need to be careful when swell is present and should always swim in the patrolled area.

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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.


Swimming is a popular activity at Tairua Beach and is reasonable safe if waves are small. There is a rip that runs out along the southeast headland and smaller rips along the beach. Tairua Beach slopes steeply into the ocean and swimmers reach over head height water only a few metres from the shore. The beach slope is not as bad at low tide. The beach also gets a heavy shore dump and strong under current when waves are over 1 metre (especially at high tide). Swimmers are advised to swim in the patrolled area.


Surfing can be good at Tairua Beach although there are better wave in close proximity. Tairua can be surfed at any tide but the best waves are usually around the lower tide.


Surfcasting from the beach is popular with locals and visitors to the area. There are good rock platforms off the beaches headlands and these can productive. Behind the beach is Tairua Harbour and boats can be launched here giving access to some excellent offshore fishing. Fishing in the harbour mouth is generally very productive.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


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



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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

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Safety at Tairua Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Tairua Surf Lifesaving Club
Patrolled Beach
Tairua Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Tairua Beach is patrolled on Saturdays and Sundays from 30th November 2019 to 23 February 2020. Volunteer lifeguards patrol from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and at 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays. From 28 December 2020 to 3 February 2020 patrol hours increase to 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sundays.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 23 December to 24 January.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Tairua 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


Tairau Beach is located 1 kilometre from Tairua Township, just north of Tokoroa Point. Directly behind the beach is the Tairua Harbour. The beach is 700 metres long with large headlands at either end. The beach is golden sand and the Tairua Surf Life Saving Club is located approximately 100 metres from the southeast end of the beach. The township that is located in the back beach area and has many facilities including a variety of accommodation options, service stations and food and liquor outlets.

Public Transport

Bus: NO only Intercity bus stop


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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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