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Woodend Beach

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.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, while not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards it is usually safe however has potential to be dangerous in poor conditions. Make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions.


Swimming at Woodend is safest in surf conditions under 1 metre, and most popular in the summer. The area is quite a popular holiday spot for people in the wider Canterbury region, and the numbers in Woodend swell at this time. The beach slopes gently into the ocean. In larger seas, dangerous holes and rips can develop. The beach is patrolled in the summer during the school holiday period by professional guards. In modest surf conditions there are rip currents to be aware of, so people should swim between the flags at all times. At low tide, a gutter forms between the sandbars, and the waves tend to dump onto the second bar. As this area of Canterbury coast line is quite exposed, the beach is very open to environmental conditions and there are rarely no waves.


Woodend has a beach break which is offshore in northwest - west winds. The best tide to surf on varies but is generally better just before and just after high tide. At low tide the waves tend to dump a lot more.There is usually 2 bars, but more can develop in larger seas. Favourable conditions are not a consistent feature.


Surfcasting is possible off Woodend beach but due to the shallow nature of the Canterbury coastline, offshore fishing is better. There are no rocky headlands to fish from.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Car parking
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Woodend Beach

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Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Woodend Beach
Patrolled Beach
Woodend Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Woodend Beach is NOT CURRENTLY patrolled by Surf Lifeguards in Winter months. In an emergency call 111 and ask for Police assistance. Surf Lifeguard patrols will resume in December 2021.


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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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


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.

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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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