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Waipu Cove

Waipu Cove is popular with swimmers, surfers and fishermen alike. It has a large motor camp and good facilities including a Surf Club and is a busy beach during the summer months.

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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.


Waipu Cove is a fairly open north easterly facing ocean beach with a moderate gradient and usually one sandbar. The beach is a popular swimming spot and is patrolled by members of the Waipu Cove Surf Life Saving Club in the summer months. Although it is partially sheltered from northerly swells by Bream Head and provides generally good swimming conditions care should be taken during large seas or strong winds.


Waipu Cove is partially sheltered from northerly swells by Bream Head, but may offers good beach and bar breaks during large north easterly or easterly ocean and wind swells. A good right hand wave can be found occasionally off the rocks at its southern end.


Surfcasting and shellfish gathering are both possible at Waipu Cove, as is rock fishing at the southern end of the beach.

Activities and facilities


  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkelling
  • Wind-powered vehicles


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


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



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

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Safety at Waipu Cove

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Waipu Cove Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 7 December 2019 and 2 March 2020. Hours are reduced to 11:00am to 4:00pm from 8 March 2020 to 14 April 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 16 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 between 10:30am and 6:30pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Waipu Cove. 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


Waipu Cove is located at the southern end of Bream Bay, approximately 40 kilometres south east of Whangarei. It is a large north easterly facing ocean beach with headlands at its southern end. It has good facilities including a large motor camp, shops, and a small local population. Waipu Cove is a popular swimming, surfing and fishing spot in summer with locals and tourists alike. Waipu Cove Surf Life Saving Club is also based here.

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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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