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Anawhata Beach

Anawhata 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. Paikea Bay can be reached by walking over Parea Point at the northern end of Anawhata Beach.

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A good beach for families however limited facilities and can be dangerous in poor conditions.


Anawhata 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.


Anawhata Beach is fairly exposed and receives a good range of swell from southerly through to westerly. It offers good beach and bar breaks.


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

Activities and facilities




The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Anawhata 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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Mainly fine with possible showers
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Average. 4/10
Good. 7/10


Safety at Anawhata Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Anawhata 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 Anawhata 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


Anawhata Beach is located approximately 35 kilometres west of Auckland, on the West Coast. It is an open ocean beach with headlands at either end and a creek mouth at its northern end. Anawhata Beach lies within the Auckland Regional Council’s Centennial Regional Park, and is a popular surfing, swimming and fishing spot despite its limited access and facilities.

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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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