Waimarama Beach, near Havelock North

Overview

Suitable for all ages

Most Hawkes’ Bay beaches are quite dangerous for kids due to the undercurrent but beaches both north and south of Napier sometimes have a lagoon at a river mouth which can be safer for family swimming. This is the case at Waimarama beach although kids will still need to be actively supervised even in the lagoon. Parts of Waimarama beach are patrolled by surf life guards from October to Easter (weekends only during term time). If going into the sea, always swim between the flags.

Waimarama is a typical east coast wide sandy beach, good for boogie boarding but with rips that can make it extremely dangerous. Plenty of bucket and spade opportunities on the beach for all ages! There’s a dairy ‘Waimarama Store’ and cafe/fish and chip shop on Airing Road.

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Contact Information

Address: There are lots of access points to the beach along Harper Road to the south and Airini Road to the north. The river and lagoon are to the north of the township. Waimarama is about 20 minute drive south of Havelock North and about 30 minutes from Hastings.