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Titahi Bay

Titahi Beach is a popular location and there is a solid residential base that provides many of the beaches users. It is very common to have large numbers of people swimming during the summer months and there are good numbers of surfers in the water whenever there is a wave breaking. The beach although not commonly having powerful waves or strong rips is still dangerous for inexperienced beach users and patrons should remain in the patrolled area and seek advice from the Lifeguards in doubt.

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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 at Titahi Bay is popular during the warmer summer months. The beach is very sheltered and only gets surf during strong onshore winds that form northwest swells. The beach slopes gently into the ocean allowing swimmers to get a good distance into the water. Rips and holes form during swell periods so swimmers should be careful when waves are present and should always swim in the Lifeguard Patrolled area.


Surfing is a popular activity at Titahi Bay although the waves are not of a very high quality. They are good for learning surfers and convenient for many Porirua surfers. Titahi Bay is a beach break that can be surfed on all tides and during periods of onshore winds is generally the time to go there.


Surfcasting from the beach is possible but not popular. Fishing from the rocky headland is good but fishermen attempting this need to be cautious as Titahi Bay is a surf beach. Boats can be launched from the beach allowing fishermen to get to the most productive fishing.

Activities and facilities


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


  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


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



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

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Safety at Titahi Bay

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

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Titahi Bay SLSC
Patrolled Beach
Titahi Bay is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Titahi Bay Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm between 1 December 2019 and 1 March 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm during 23 December 2019 to 24 January 2020.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Titahi Bay. 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


Titahi Bay is located 4 kilometres north of Porirua City and 25 kilometres north of Wellington City centre. Titahi Bay is on the outer neck of the Porirua Harbour. Titahi Bay is 1 kilometre from end to end and forms a pleasant bay. Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club is located in the centre of the bay. Most of the other surrounding land is taken up by residential housing. There is a large rocky cliff headland at the southern end and a small rocky headland at the northern end. The beach is a hard pack golden sand that can be easily driven onto. There are a large amount of small multi coloured boat sheds at the southern end and a few at the northern end of the bay.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.metlink.org.nz/

Train: Yes


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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

Low Risk

Between 1 and 5% 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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