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Warrington Beach

Warrington Beach is very popular because it is so safe. Warrington is very sheltered from swell by the Otago Peninsular. Warrington faces to the northeast and large swells from this direction do cause waves at the beach, but these are uncommon. Swimming, diving and fishing are the most popular activities at the beach. Warrington Surf Life Saving Club patrol the beach and if patrons have any queries they should call on one of the local Lifeguards. Blueskin Bay estuary mouth should be avoided on an outgoing tide (at the southern tip of Warrington Beach).

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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.


Swimming at Warrington Beach is very popular. The beach is sheltered from most dominant swells and is for the most part a gentle beach. Warrington Surf Life Saving Club patrol the beach during summer providing beach users with a patrolled swimming area. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and waves are usually even. Northeast swells reach the beach and waves can be large in a direct swell. Swimmers should also stay away from the estuary mouth in an outgoing tide. Blueskin Bay provides a safe swimming location if waves at Warrington Beach are dangerous.


Warrington Beach can be surfed although this is not a common occurrence due to the limited swell.


Fishing at Warrington Beach from the rocks is popular at the northern end of the beach and also from the estuary mouth at the southern end. However the best fishing can only be accessed by boat and they can be launched from Blueskin Bay around high tide.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Shell fish gathering


  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Warrington Beach

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Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Warrington Beach is patrolled Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays between 17 November 2018 and 10 March 2019. Volunteer lifeguards patrol from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 7:00pm from 17 December 2018 to 25 January 2019.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Warrington 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


Warrington Beach is located 27 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the northern shoreline of Blueskin Bay (a large tidal lagoon). Warrington Beach is a kilometre in length and is made up of fine white golden sand. The mouth to Blueskin Bay is located at the southern end and a rocky outcrop is located at the northern end of the beach. Warrington Surf Life Saving Club is located 100 metres behind the beach in the sand dune area. Otago Peninsular extends out from the southern end and shelters Warrington from the powerful southerly swells that hit much of the Otago coastline.

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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.

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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