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Westshore Beach

Westshore Beach plays host to all manner of recreational users, swimming, surfing, fishing, jet ski's, sailing, power boating and so forth. The beach has good facilities and access is very easy. There is also a Marina nearby allowing all sorts and sizes of boats and yachts to be both launched or moored. Westshore Beach is host to Westshore Surf Life Saving Club, the northern mostclub in the Hawke's Bay region. The beach has both Volunteer Lifeguards in weekends and public holidays and Professional Lifeguards over the school holidays. In addition the beach is generally quite safe and will commonly not have waves. All of the above factors combine to make Westshore Beach a very popular venue.

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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.


Westshore is a very popular bathing beach over the summer months. It is a very safe beach but can have a strong undertow in a large swell. In recent times the beach has had Professional Lifeguards over the school holiday period and this attracts many bathers.


Westshore Beach faces to the northeast and gets swells from the north to the south east. Swells have to be large to get a good size wave at the beach. The Gap is located at the northern end of Westshore Beach and in a large swell this is a good beach break. The southern end of the beach has the best waves but also struggles for swell. The Westshore Reef has good rights and lefts and is located next to the entrance to the Marina.


A shingle beach is ideal for surf casting and kontiki fishing. However paddle-crabs make fishing difficult with continual loss of bait. Also skin diving and spear fishing are possible over the Westshore Reef and there are some good mussel beds. There is also a Marina and boat ramp one km to the south towards Napier.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Water/jet skiing
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • 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 Westshore Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



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

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Safety at Westshore Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Westshore Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm between 31 October 2020 and 28 March 2021. Weekday patrols are provided Monday to Friday from 10:30pm to 6:00pm during 21 December 2020 to 29 January 2021.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Westshore 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


Westshore Beach is situated a few kilometres north of the Napier Township. The beach has a motorcamp and, because of its closeness to town, good facilities and generally safe conditions, it is a popular swimming location for residents and visitors to Napier. The beach is quite long and joins with Bay View Beach to the north. It is protected by the Marina and Napier Port breakwater to the south.


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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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