Pataua Beach is a beautiful golden sand beach but you will need to take care when there is a wave running. Even when there is no surf there are still strong currents around the harbour mouth. The harbour mouth is intricate and much time can be spent just checking the area out. Fortunately the inner harbour provides a safe haven from the dangerous surf and currents. There is no Lifeguarding Service at Pataua Beach.
Activities and facilities
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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Safety at Pataua Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Pataua Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Pataua 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
Pataua Beach is located 28 kilometres east of Whangarei and is accessed via a narrow metal road, Pataua North Road. Beach access leads partons to the residential base of Pataua at the southern end, right next to Pataua Harbour mouth and Pataua Island. The beach is headed at the northern end by Taheke River mouth, which is 4500 metres away. There are rocks and reefs dotted around the northern end of the beach. Pataua Beach is exposed to swell and will usually have a wave of some kind.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
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.