Tomahawk Beach is a popular summer location and although there is no Surf Life Saving Club there are two (St Clair and St Kilda) very nearby. The beach is still very close to Dunedin and people come here to avoid the crowds that are present at St Kilda and St Clair. The beach is high in wave energy and will usually have some kind of wave present.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Car parking
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Safety at Tomahawk Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Tomahawk Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Tomahawk 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
Tomahawk Beach is located six kilometres drive from central city Dunedin. It is made up of a fine white sand and is 1000 metres in length. It stretches from Lawyers Head in the west to the gun emplacements at the eastern end. There are two large lagoons behind the beach and a stream runs from these over the western end. There is a playground located at the eastern end and the whole beach is backed by large headlands. The beach is high in wave energy and faces towards Otago’s dominant southerly swells.
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
- Less than 1% 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.