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Fitzroy Beach

Fitzroy Beach is very popular with locals and visitors to the region. The beach has a good recreational reserve for young families. Also there is a motor camp located directly on the beach and a golf course just north of the motor camp. Swimming is very popular at the beach during the summer months and if there is any kind of wave (which there usually is) there will be people surfing at the beach all year round. The beach is host to Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club and they patrol the beach during weekends in the summer months and all week during the six week school holiday period.

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This beach is great for families large and small, with typically small waves and great facilities. It is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Fitzroy is a very popular swimming location with many Taranaki residents. The beach is easily accessible from town and many people live in the area. The beach is patrolled by professional lifeguards during the six week school holiday period and in addition by volunteer lifeguards during the weekends. Fitzroy beach gets a lot of surf and can be very heavy in any size swell, although small clean surf is common during the majority of summer months. Fitzroy beach will generally have a couple of large rips. Holes are also common at the beach and swimmers need to be very careful in any size swell.


Surfing at Fitzroy beach is very popular and surfers would make up the majority of beach users. The beach gets larger, heavier swells during the winter months and regular smaller clean swells during summer. Fitzroy is a beach break and is best surfed on mid to high tide although it can be surfed on any tide. The beach is well known for having good barrels.


Fishing at Fitzroy beach is not popular, mainly due to the fact that there is better land fishing in other close by locations. Some locals surfcast around the stream mouth or alternatively at the far northern end of the beach around the Waiwhakaiho rivermouth which is very popular. There is good whitebaiting in the Waiwhakaiho rivermouth during season also.

Activities and facilities



  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Fitzroy Beach

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Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Fitzroy Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm between 28 November 2020 and 8 March 2021. Weekday patrols are provided Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 7:00pm during 21 December 2020 to 29 January 2021.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Fitzroy 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


Fitzroy Beach is located three kilometres north of New Plymouth and one kilometre north of East End Surf Life Saving Club on the same stretch of beach. Fitzroy is a residential area of New Plymouth and there is a great deal of housing on and around the beach making it one of the more popular local beaches. Fitzroy Beach is also home to Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club which is located at the top of the boulder retaining wall, a few metres above the level of the sand. The beach is iron sand with a scattering of rocks over the beach with larger bolder outcrops a few hundred metres either side of the Surf Life Saving Club. Behind the beach is a recreational reserve with a children’s pool, playground, picnic area and shelters. The northern end of the beach also has a motor camp and around one kilometre to the north is the Waiwhaiho Rivermouth.


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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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