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Mokau Beach

Mokau Beach is located only a few hundred metres from the main highway (State Highway 3). The north Taranaki township has good basic facilities including a service station, dairy, takeaways, accommodation and phone. The beach is popular during summer although it is quite dangerous with a large and powerful rivermouth at the southern end of the beach. The beach has no Lifeguarding service and all beach users should be careful. The beach is popular for fishing, swimming and surfing.

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This beach has limited facilities and may not be ideal for families. Not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards.


Swimming at Mokau Beach is popular during summer with locals and visitors. The beach is very dangerous for swimming at all times. The main area for swimming is the southern end of the beach near the large Mokau Rivermouth. This is also where the residential base is located. The strong rips and longshore current at the southern end of the beach make it dangerous. There is also a very wide and powerful surf zone at Mokau that patrons need to be aware of. Mokau Beach has no Surf Life Saving service so swimmers should take extreme caution at all times.


Mokau Beach is very exposed to swell and frequently has large uneven swells. The beach is known to have good waves in clean small conditions and there will quite regularly be people surfing at the beach. The beach is surfable on all tides and is offshore in an easterly wind.


There is a boat ramp in the rivermouth but this is mainly for access to the Mokau River, not to the ocean. There are very large sand bars and frequently rough seas make it difficult to get to the ocean. Surf casting around the rivermouth is popular and good fishing can be had anywhere along the beach face. Snapper, gurnard, kahawai and lemon fish are the most common species in the area.

Activities and facilities


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


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Mokau 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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Safety at Mokau Beach

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


Mokau Beach is located 70 kilometres northeast of Waitara and 83 kilometres southwest of Te Kuiti. Mokau Beach is located on the northern bank of the Mokau River. The river flows strongly over the southern end of the beach. The beach extends for four kilometres to the north where it meets with Awakino and the Awakino Rivermouth. Mokua Beach is made up of iron sand and there is a scattering of driftwood before the well established sand dunes. The wide rivermouth has formed a large sand bar on its northern bank. Strong rips flow outward from the rivermouth and there is also a strong northerly longshore drift that is also caused mainly by the rivermouth. There is a small residential community directly behind the beach. There is also a motor camp and along the main road (State Highway 3) there are a couple of places to eat, a service station and public toilets. It is also possible to launch boats into the rivermouth but this is generally to head up river rather than going ocean bound.

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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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