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Waimarama Beach

Waimarama Beach is a very popular summer venue, with holiday makers coming mainly from the local area with small amounts from other areas. There is a motor camp at the beach which is located about 300 metres from Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club. The beach is suitable for most recreational users. There are Volunteer Lifeguards during the weekends over the summer months and also Professional Lifeguards over the six week school holiday period. Surfing and fishing are also very popular at Waimarama Beach.

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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.


Bathing is very popular at Waimarama with locals swimming nearly all year round. Many Hawke's Bay families have baches at the beach and there is a motor camp, so the summer population of Waimarama is quite large. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. Waimarama usually has two bars (more in large seas). Waimarama is very exposed to swell and it is very uncommon for it to have no waves. Rips and holes form very quickly so bathers should be keeping an eye out for changes in the weather and also the tide.


Surfing is a popular activity at Waimarama. The beach is offshore in a westerly wind and will take swells anywhere from north to south. In addition to the beach break there is a reef break towards the southern end of the beach that has good left hand waves. The best tide for Waimarama is mid tide although it can be surfed on all tides. Bars change regularly so waves can be good one day and bad the next.


Surfcasting from the beach is possible but due to the low swash gradient of the beach, lines cast will only reach very shallow water. Offshore boat fishing is good with some offshore reefs. The beach also has good shellfish. Waimarama has a boat ramp but it is sand, so a 4WD or tractor are required.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Waimarama Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Waimarama Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm between 3 November 2019 and 29 March 2020.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 6:00pm during 16 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 Waimarama 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


Waimarama Beach is located 11 km south of Ocean Beach. It has headlands at each end and a large island (Bear Island) located three km offshore from the southern end of the Beach. Waimarama is 32 km southeast of Hastings and has a healthy local population. The area is a farming locality and summer holiday place for many Hawke's Bay locals. The beach has good facilities.

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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

Very Low Risk

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.

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