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Waimairi Beach

Waimairi is a popular beach for most recreational activities, particularly in summer. Good facilities are available for use. The safest conditions are in surf conditions under 1 metre, but all users should be constantly aware of the conditions as the exposed nature of the coastline means dangerous rip currents and holes can develop quickly. Lifeguards patrol the beach throughout the summer weekends, and during the week days of the school holiday summer break period.

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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 Waimairi is safest in surf conditions under 1 metre, and most popular in the summer. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. In larger seas, dangerous holes and rips can develop. The beach is patrolled in the summer months during the weekends by volunteer guards, and during the school holiday week period by professional guards. In modest surf conditions there are rip currents to be aware of, so people should swim between the flags at all times. At low tide, a gutter forms between the sandbars, and the waves tend to dump onto the second bar. As this area of Canterbury coast line is quite exposed, the beach is very open to environmental conditions, and waves are common.


Waimairi has a beach break which is offshore in west to southwest winds. There are usually 2 bars, but more can develop in larger seas. The second bar is more consistent than other beaches on the same coastline. The best conditions vary due to the bars, however it is generally best just before and just after high tide. At low tide the wave tends to dump onto the bars. Good surfing conditions are not common at Waimairi.


Surfcasting is possible off Waimairi beach but due to the shallow nature of the Canterbury coastline, offshore fishing is better. There are no rocky headlands to fish from.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Waimairi Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Waimairi Beach is NOT CURRENTLY patrolled by Surf Lifeguards in Winter months. In an emergency call 111 and ask for Police assistance. Surf Lifeguard patrols will resume in November 2021.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Waimairi 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


Waimairi is a golden sand beach, located 2.5 km north of New Brighton township. The beach is 1500 metres in length and has no protective natural features, therfore exposed to any environmental conditions. Outfall pipes are a feature on the southern shore of the beach. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club is located midway along the beach and is the main focus for public facilities and parking. There are a number of other access points along the stretch of beach south of the Surf Club with limited parking. The beach is backed by residential homes, and to the north, Waimairi Golf Course and Bottle Lake Forest Park. QE II Park Stadium Sports Centre and Fun Park is located about 2 km away from Waimairi beach.

Public Transport

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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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