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.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Waipu Cove
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Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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.
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
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.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
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
- 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.