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Orewa Beach

Orewa Beach is a very busy urban beach with excellent facilities including the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club catering for a large local population as well as visitors and tourists. It is a generally safe swimming beach with plenty of carparking, a large reserve area, and plenty of tourist accommodation.

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Family friendly

This beach is well suited for families with great facilities and patrolled by Surf Lifeguards over the summer months. Make sure your family is prepared for the beach conditions.


Orewa Beach is sheltered from most open ocean swells due to its location between Kawau Island and the Whangaparoa Peninsula, thus providing safe swimming conditions in all but extreme circumstances. It has a gentle gradient and is suitable for swimming at all tides.


Surfing is rare at Orewa Beach given its sheltered location. However, it does pick up large north easterly swells more cleanly than its immediate neighbours. On such occasions, or during extreme onshore wind conditions good beach breaks can be found here.


Rock fishing is possible from the headlands at either end of Orewa Beach. Surfcasting would be marginal due to its gentle gradient, except possibly in the Orewa River mouth. Shellfish life here is minimal due to over exploitation.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Sailing
  • Wind/kite surfing
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Orewa Beach

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Orewa Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Orewa Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays and 9:00am and 6:00pm on Sundays between 7 December 2019 and 16 March 2020. These hours are reduced to 11:00am to 4:00pm between 22 March 2020 and 14 April 2020. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019 between 11:00am and 7:00pm. These hours extend to 10:00am to 7:00pm until 24 January 2020. From 28 January to 28 February 2020 hours reduce to 11:00am and 7:00pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Orewa 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


Orewa Beach is located approximately 44 kilometres north of Auckland. The beach has a gentle gradient and no sandbars, as well a river mouth and estuary at its southern end. Orewa Beach has headlands at either end and a large back beach reserve with excellent facilities including a surf club. It is a high use urban recreational area with a large resident population and thriving retail centre.

Public Transport

Bus: http://www.maxx.co.nz/


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Beach Water Quality

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data

Very Low Risk

Less than 1% risk of illness

Many councils also 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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