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Himatangi Beach

Himatangi is the closest beach to the city of Palmerston North being only 35 kilometres from the city centre. Himatangi Beach is home to Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club. The beach is popular with Manawatu residents during the warm days of summer and will often be quite crowded during the weekends. The beach is safe when there is small to no swell but can be dangerous in waves over a metre in size. Himatangi Beach has Professional Lifeguards during the primary school summer holiday period.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families, make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions, the beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Swimming at Himatangi Beach is popular during the summer months and is patrolled by Palmerston North Surf Life Saving Club over this period. The beach has Professional Surf Life Savers over the six week school holiday period. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and swimmers can get a distance offshore before reaching over their heads. There is a small stream that will usually create a rip directly in front of the beach access and swimmers are advised to swim between the flags. Slightly south of the beach access is the best location. Rips and holes are common and can be dangerous if the surf is over a metre in size.


Surfing is popular with Palmerston North locals although generally not good. The beach can be surfed anywhere and bars form all along the beach. Waves are not that powerful and it is a good place to learn how to surf in smaller swells.


Fishing at Himatangi Beach is popular with surf casting being the most popular form of fishing.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Playground
  • Shower


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



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

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Safety at Himatangi Beach

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Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Palmerston North SLSC
Patrolled Beach
Himatangi Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Himatangi Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm between 28 November 2020 and 8 March 2021. Weekday patrols are provided Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 6:00pm 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 Himatangi 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


Himatangi Beach is located 35 kilometres from Palmerston North and is a popular beach with residents of the city during the summer months. The beach is only 10 kilometres from State Highway 1. Himatangi Beach is the location of Palmerston North Surf life Saving Club which is situated 100 metres back from the beach front. The Surf Club still has a view of the beach directly in front of the Club but vision to both the north and south is hindered by large sand dunes that exist in this area. The beach is made up of grey sand and there is always a large area for patrons to move around on. Foxton Surf Life Saving Club is located six kilometres to the south and it is possible to drive along the beach between the two. Himatangi Beach has a small local community that is situated directly behind the beach access.

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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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