Whiritoa Beach has reasonable facilities and has quite a few residential and holiday houses. The beach can be very busy on hot summer days with a good number of beach users in the water. All beach users should be careful during swells of one metre and over as strong rips and currents will form and there can also be a heavy shore dump. Swimmers are advised to stay in the patrol area.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Scuba diving
- Shell fish gathering
- Car parking
- Public toilets
The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Whiritoa Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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Safety at Whiritoa Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Whiritoa Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
Whiritoa Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1 December 2018 to 24 February 2019. Volunteer lifeguards patrol from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays from 1 December 2018 to 16 December 2018. Between 22 December 2018 and 3 February 2019 hours are extended to 10:00am to 5:00pm all weekend. From the 9 February 2019 to 3 March 2019 lifeguards patrol from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays. Volunteer lifeguards then patrol Easter Weekend 2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
A Regional Lifeguard Service operates Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm from 17 December to 1 February 2019.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Whiritoa 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
Whiritoa Beach is located 16 kilometres north of Waihi Township and 13 kilometres south of Whangamata. Whiritoa is a small bay of 1.5 kilometres in length with cliff headlands at both the northern and southern ends. Whiritoa Surf Life Saving Club is located around the centre of the bay and is accessed from the main road to the beach (Whiritoa Beach Road). The Surf Life Saving Club is located on the fore dunes that run from one end of the beach to the other. These dunes range from one to five metres in height. The beach is golden sand and there are rocks and islands dotted out from the northern end.
Bus: YES - Bus stop on the main road Whiritoa beach Road
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.