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Waitarere Beach

Waitarere Beach is home to Levin/Waitarere Surf Life Saving Club and the beach is located 15 kilometres north of the town of Levin. Levin/Waitarere Surf Life Saving Club provide a volunteer service during weekends over summer and professional lifeguards over the primary school holidays. Waitarere Beach has very large sand dunes that separate the beach from the small amount of residential holiday homes at the beach. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and has the same characteristics as most of the other beaches in this area. Waitarere Beach remains safe in surf under one metre, but can become dangerous in larger swells. Patrons should swim between the flags and ask Lifeguards for any advice about the beach.

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Family friendly

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.


Swimming is popular during the summer months. The beach slopes gently into the ocean but there is a trough around 30-40 metres from shore before reaching the second bar. The beach commonly has a long shore drift and it is very uncommon for the beach to have no waves at all. Even in small swells the surf breaks out some distance with deep troughs between bars at higher tides. Swimmers should swim between the flags that are set out by the Levin/Waitarere surf Life Saving Club. The Club provides patrols on summer weekends.


Waitarere Beach often has surf but it is generally not of a high standard for surfing. Waitarere is a beach break and bars form all along the beach but break very unevenly. Onshore swells are also the most common at the beach and these are generally very messy. Most surfers will travel further up or down the coast to get better waves.


Surf casting at the beach is the most common form of fishing. As beach users can drive along the beach people can fish anywhere. There is also some popular fishing location nearby.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Horse riding
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Wind-powered vehicles


  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage kiosk


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



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

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Safety at Waitarere Beach

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

Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Levin-Waitarere SLSC
Patrolled Beach
Waitarere Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Waitarere Beach is NOT CURRENTLY patrolled by Surf Lifeguards in Winter months. In an emergency call 111 and ask for Police assistance. Surf Lifeguard patrols will resume in December 2021.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Waitarere 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


Waitarere Beach is located 15 kilometres northeast of Levin and is the most popular beach that residents of Levin attend. Levin/Waitarere Surf Life Saving Club is located at the beach and the car park and toilets are located around the club. The beach is not visible from the car park and patrons need to walk 50 metres through the sand dunes to the beach. The beach has grey sand that is hard packed. The beach is backed by large sand dunes that extend for around 150 metres. Behind the dunes a small residential community is based.

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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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