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.
Activities and facilities
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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 ►
Never swim or surf alone.
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
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.
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.
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.