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Whites Beach

Whites Beach is a fairly popular West Coast surfing, swimming and fishing spot in summer with people wanting to escape the crowds of neighboring beaches. Access is by foot only and facilities are limited. Given its exposed and turbulent nature swimmers are better advised to stick to patrolled beaches.

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Isolated and steep access with limited facilities. Can be dangerous in poor conditions.


Whites Beach is an open ocean beach with an uneven ocean floor as well as topographical rips near its headlands. Given its large prevailing surf and the potentially dangerous nature of this beach swimming should be confined to small surf days only. As with Auckland’s other West Coast beaches swimmers should stick to patrolled areas such as nearby North Piha wherever possible.


Whites Beach is fairly exposed and receives a good range of swell from southerly through to westerly. It offers good beach and an excellent bar break off its southern headland.


Rock fishing is popular from the various headlands and outcrops in and around Whites Beach, although surfcasting would be marginal due to its gentle gradient. Take care though, this is an isolated site and anglers have lost their lives when washed off.

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



Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

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Safety at Whites Beach

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

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Whites 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


Whites Beach is located approximately 35 kilometres west of Auckland, on the West Coast. It is an open ocean beach with headlands at either end. It is a popular surfing, swimming and fishing spot despite its limited facilities, and can be reached by foot via a track over Te Waha Point from North Piha, or from Anawhata Rd.

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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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