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Wainui Beach

Wainui Beach is very popular with all recreational users. The beach is very dangerous. There is usually a large wave at the beach and large rips and holes are common. Swimmers should swim between the patrol flags. Wainui Beach Surf Life Saving Club patrol the beach over weekends and public holidays during summer and there are also professional Lifeguards during the school holidays.

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A good beach for families with some facilities and is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards over summer months. It does have the potential to be dangerous in poor conditions so ensure your family is well prepared.


Wainui Beach is popular with local residents but also with swimmers and tourists from town. The beach can be flat, but will have some kind of a wave and there are also regularly large and dangerous swells. There are reefs and rocks at the northern and southern ends of the beach. Swimmers would be well advised to swim in the patrolled area at all times as rips form quickly, and the size of the surf changes rapidly.


Surfing at Wainui Beach is probably the most common activity all year round. The average wave size at Wainui is around 1.5 metres and it is only on freak days that the beach has no waves at all. The surf depends on the bars and conditions of the day. At times the surf can be exceptionally good with hollow barrels all along the beach. Wainui Beach has played host to many of New Zealands best Surf Life Savers and surfers.


Wainui Beach is good for surf casting when swells are small. Cast can reach a reasonable depth of water. The most common fish in the area are trapper and kahawai.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • 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 Wainui Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



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

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Safety at Wainui Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Wainui Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Sundays between 17 November 2019 and 24 November 2019. Volunteer lifeguards patrol from 1:00pm to 5:30pm on Saturdays and 10:00am to 5:30pm on Sundays between 30 November 2019 and 8 March 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service operates from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 24 December 2019 to 25 January 2020.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Wainui 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


Wainui Beach is located five kilometres east of Gisborne and is home to approximately 1500 residents. Wainui is a very popular venue for all recreational users. The beach is made up mainly of a coarse golden sand. Wainui faces to the east and is far less sheltered than the town beaches and therefore gets a lot more surf as swells reach the beach from several different directions. The Surf Life Saving Club is located in the centre of the beach. There are residential houses all along the beach but they are concentrated at the southern end of the beach.

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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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