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Pauanui Beach

Pauanui Beach is fast becoming one of New Zealand's most affluent beach locations. There is a great deal of development in the area with new subdivisions constantly on the go. The beach population is also on the increase making summers busy for Pauanui Lifeguards. Swimmers are advised to swim in the patrolled area. This is by far the best swimming location at the beach. Swimmers are advised to stay away from the northern and southern ends of the beach as strong rips are present.

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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.


Swimmers are generally safe. Waves come into the beach break evenly and rips and holes are easily spotted. The Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club is located centrally and this is the best place for both swimmers and the Club. Pauanui Beaches northern and southern ends are the most dangerous due to the rips formed by the harbour mouth and the stream mouth respectively. If surf conditions are too dangerous you can simply head around to the calm waters of the Tairua harbour for a swim.


Although swells are usually small, good waves do form and surfers can get excellent beach break waves if they are at the beach during the right swell and weather conditions. The beach can be surfed at any point and on any tide.


For good fishing Pauanui Beach can be accessed by boats. Close to the shore you can catch snapper, kahawai, trevally and king fish, while further out to sea there are marlin and tuna. Pauanui has excellent marina facilities.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Shell fish gathering


  • Car parking
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


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



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

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Safety at Pauanui Beach

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Patrolled Beach

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

Patrol Hours

Patrol times vary – please check with the local club & always swim at a patrolled beach, between the flags.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Pauanui 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


Pauanui Beach is located 40 kilometres north of Whangamata. Pauanui Beach is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, on the southern side of the Tairua Harbour. Pauanui is best described as a holiday village. The beachfront is 2 kilometres in length with Tairua Harbour mouth at the northern end and a small headland and stream mouth in the south. Out in front of the beach there are islands dotted everywhere. Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club is located approximately 1000 metres from the northern end and this is the most popular swimming area. There are a wide variety of activities provided at the beach such as two golf courses, tennis court, bowling greens, a cricket ground and there is also an airstrip.

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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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