This is my favourite beach in the world!
Part of the Bream Bay coastline, it runs about 10 kms from Waipu River Mouth to the Ruakaka River Mouth. Most of the sand dunes are part of the Department of Conservation management, and there is a DOC management plan on the area.
Best thing about it – there is room for everyone!
I have seen seals, dolphins and a whale!
You can fish, catch crabs and dig for tuatua at low tide.
Access via Tip Road, off Uretiti Road
Waipu Golf Club is on this stretch of coastline, a great all weather links course
- Uretiti Camp Ground – a DOC managed ground, where you can camp behind the dunes with just basic facilities and live on this amazing beach.Great safe swimming, and part of it is an official clothes optional beach. In fact most of the time you can find a spot to swim by yourself even at the height of summer
- Fabulous horse riding beach – racehorses can be seen being trained and the locals are regularly out and about riding.
- Great swimming and oogie boarding – including a Ruakaka Surf Patrol at Ruakaka Beach
- At low tide – a wide hard strip of sand is great for cycling, or sand sailing.
- A dog walking beach – the dogs can walk and run and not annoy others. (Not between 9am and 5pm in the summer). Don’t go into the bird reserve at the Waipu River end, and PLEASE do not let your dogs chase birds anywhereon the beach.
- Great fishing beach – lots of long liners and surfcasting.
- It is legally a road – so some cars drive on it, so care is needed in the summer when it is crowded. TAKE CARE
- The beach is also part of Te Ara Roa – The Long Walkway which goes the length of NZ. If you see anyone walking on the beach with a big backpack, they will probably be walking this trail.