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Taupo Bay

Taupo Bay has a solid residential base and there is a good crowd in the motor camp during the summer holiday period making days at the beach busy. Surf is common during summer and anybody going into the water should be careful and avoid the days when the swell is large as strong rips will be present. Taupo Bay has no Lifeguarding Service.

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Family friendly

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


Taupo Bay is a popular swimming beach. A great deal of holiday makers and passers by swim here during the height of summer. The swells that reach this beach make it dangerous. Swimmers should be careful if there is surf at the beach as strong rips can form.


The beach can have good bars at its beach break and the best time of year for surf is during the height of summer. The beach can get a lot of surfers staying here. There is a good right hand reef break at the southern end of the beach and this is called Dog Leg.


Surfcasting from the beach can be productive. There is also the option to go rock fishing from the headlands at either end. Small boats and dinghies can be launched from the beach but these may be a little small for big game fishing which the area is renowned for. Diving is good with plenty of crayfish but divers should watch the tides.

Activities and facilities



  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Playground
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


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

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

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Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Poor. 3/10
Poor. 3/10



Safety at Taupo Bay

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Taupo Bay. 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 Taupo Bay. 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


Taupo Bay is located 24 kilometres east of Coppers Beach and forms the southwest corner of the larger Whangaroa Bay. The beach is 900 metres in length and is golden sand. A fantastic view of the beach is gained as you descend down the hill into it. The beach is very popular during the summer months and the motor camp is booked solid during this period. There is a large number of residential and holiday homes at the bay. Both ends of the bay have large headlands covered with bush and trees, with the southern headland being larger and picturesque. Directly in front of the beach but some distance offshore lie Cone and Stephenson Islands.

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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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