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Pakiri Beach

Despite its limited facilities Pakiri Beach is very popular with swimmers, surfers and fishermen alike. Many people are drawn here from Auckland in the summer months, as it is one of the first truly open ocean beaches on the east coast, north of the city, and is both picturesque and undeveloped.

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


Pakiri Beach is an open ocean beach with a moderate gradient and normally one sandbar. The beach is popular with swimmers, with many Aucklanders making daytrips north to swim here in summer. It receives northerly through to easterly swells and provides generally good swimming conditions, although care should be taken during high seas or strong winds.


Pakiri Beach is an open ocean beach offering good beach and bar breaks. It is fairly exposed in comparison to neighboring beaches and receives northerly through to easterly swells. Good bar breaks can be found in and around the Pakiri River mouth near the Southern end of the beach.


Surfcasting and shellfish gathering are both popular at Pakiri Beach. Rock fishing is possible from its southern headland although a long walk along the beach will be required.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • 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 Pakiri Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



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

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Safety at Pakiri Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Pakiri Patrol Location
Patrolled Beach
Pakiri Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Pakiri Beach is patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11:00am to 5:00pm between 22 December 2018 and 24 February 2019. These hours are extended to 11:00am to 4:00pm between 2 March 2019 and 31 March 2019. A Regional Lifeguard Service is provided Monday to Friday from 17 December 2018 and 25 January 2019 between 10:30am and 6:30pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Pakiri 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


Pakiri Beach is located approximately 10 kilometres north west of Leigh township. It is an exposed ocean beach which runs approximately 12 kilometres to Te Arai Point to the north, with the Pakiri and Tomarata Rivers dissecting it. A store and motor camp can be found near Pakiri’s Southern headland, but otherwise the beach is largely undeveloped. Pakiri is a very popular swimming, surfing, and fishing spot.

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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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