Woodend beach is popular for most recreational activities, particularly in summer, and a number of families from the region holiday here. Good facilities are available for use. The safest conditions are in surf conditions under 1 metre, but all users should be constantly aware of the conditions as the exposed nature of the coastline means dangerous rip currents and holes can develop quickly. Lifeguards patrol the beach throughout the school holiday summer break period.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind-powered vehicles
- Car parking
- Public toilets
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Safety at Woodend Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Woodend 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 Woodend 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
Woodend Beach is a golden sand beach 2000 metres in length located 4 km east of Woodend. It has a dune system of about 50 metres in width on the beach front. It has no protective natural features so is quite exposed to environmental conditions. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. Woodend does not have a Surf Life Saving Club, but a tower is located midway along the stretch of beach and is the main focus for access and facilities. The beach has good facilities. The beach is backed by residential homes, campsites and farmland.
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.
Overall recreation risk
The long term risk status based on three years of data
- 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.