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Whiritoa Beach

Whiritoa Beach has reasonable facilities and has quite a few residential and holiday houses. The beach can be very busy on hot summer days with a good number of beach users in the water. All beach users should be careful during swells of one metre and over as strong rips and currents will form and there can also be a heavy shore dump. Swimmers are advised to stay in the patrol area.

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Family friendly

A good beach for families with some facilities and is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards over summer months. It does have the potential to be dangerous in poor conditions so ensure your family is well prepared.


Whiritoa Beach is a very attractive one and swimming is a popular activity. Swimmers should stay in the patrolled area if there is a patrol on the beach as it can be very dangerous. The gradient of the beach is steep and swimmers will be over their heads very close to the shore. The beach has bars and rips scattered along its length and swimmers need to be mindful not to get caught in rip.


Surfing at Whiritoa Beach can be good in the right conditions. The bars are usually separated by rips and good left and right hand waves formed.


Whiritoa Beach has a steep drop and rocky headlands for people to fish from and these can be productive.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Scuba diving
  • Shell fish gathering


  • Car parking
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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



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

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Safety at Whiritoa Beach

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Patrolled Beach

Patrolling club: Whiritoa Lifeguard Service
Patrolled Beach
Whiritoa Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Whiritoa beach will be patrolled by Surf Lifeguards every Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays from 11am to 4pm between 4 December 2021 until 27 February 2022. Week day patrols from 10am to 6pm start from 22 December 2021 until 28 January 2022.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Whiritoa 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


Whiritoa Beach is located 16 kilometres north of Waihi Township and 13 kilometres south of Whangamata. Whiritoa is a small bay of 1.5 kilometres in length with cliff headlands at both the northern and southern ends. Whiritoa Surf Life Saving Club is located around the centre of the bay and is accessed from the main road to the beach (Whiritoa Beach Road). The Surf Life Saving Club is located on the fore dunes that run from one end of the beach to the other. These dunes range from one to five metres in height. The beach is golden sand and there are rocks and islands dotted out from the northern end.

Public Transport

Bus: YES - Bus stop on the main road Whiritoa beach Road


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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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