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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Surfing information

Swimming, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, windsurfing and paddle boarding are allowed but you must stay close to shore and exercise caution.

Visit Surf Lifesaving NZ for information on beach patrols.

Where you can surf


Surf at Anawhata if you're prepared to walk.

Read more about Anawhata, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.


On a good day the surf can be great at Karekare.

Like with all adventure activities, assess the potential risks and make sure that the location is appropriate for your level of experience.

There is only a beach patrol at certain times of the year.

Read more about Karekare, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

Long Bay

If there's a big swell on the east coast then there are often waves here.

Read more about Long Bay Regional Park.


Muriwai Beach and Māori Bay often have good surf.

Māori Bay is more consistent, but usually more crowded.

Read more about Muriwai Regional Park.


Piha is a great spot for surfing, particularly at the northern and southern ends of the beach.

Read more about Piha, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.


Tāwharanui is a popular location for surfers, especially if there is a swell on the east coast.

There are a couple of north facing beaches which make for good surfing in more southerly winds.

Read more about Tāwharanui Regional Park.

Te Henga - Bethells

There is good surf at Bethells Beach and O'Neill Beach.

Read more about Te Henga, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.


The Whatipū area is a scientific reserve owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on its behalf by Auckland Council Regional Parks.

It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.

Read more about Whatipū, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.