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Where you can swim


Safe swimming is possible at both beaches.

Watch out for the sharp oyster shells on the beach and in the water.

Cascade Kauri

You can swim at Cascade Falls.


Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming.

Visit the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of the Manukau's 16 ferry wharves.


Duder has several good beaches which are suitable at all tides.

Glenfern Sanctuary

Swimming is popular from the wharf/jetty.

Be aware of boats and stingrays.


Huia is a safer spot for swimming than some other beaches in the Waitakere Ranges.


Take extra care when swimming at Karekare.

Swim between the flags.

Long Bay

The main beach at Long Bay is ideal and relatively safe for swimming, with 1km of sandy beach out from the main car parks.

The beach has life guards patrolling during the peak summer months.

The bays further north are also great for swimming. These can be accessed via the Coastal Track, or around the beach at low tide only.

You may encounter nude bathers at Pohutukawa Bay.

Long Bay is a family beach - children should be supervised at all times.


Mahurangi has several excellent beaches for swimming.

Sullivan's Bay has vehicle access and is great for swimming in all tides.

Te Muri is a long sandy beach and like the small, sheltered Mita Bay it is only accessible by boat or foot.

At Mahurangi East there is Big Bay, a white sandy beach that is excellent for swimming.

Lagoon Bay, a shallow, muddy and very tidal beach is not considered to be a good beach for swimming.

Mahurangi East is only accessible by boat.


Muriwai Beach and Māori Bay have dangerous surf.

Swim only between the flags.

If there are no lifeguards on duty, stay out of the water.


Omana Beach is suitable for swimming and is more attractive at high tide.

Oysters grow on the rocks so wear shoes to protect your feet.


Only swim between the flags at Piha.


The Scandretts Bay beach is very calm. It makes for a pleasant swim and is suitable for children.

The best swimming is at high tide, as it is a very tidal bay with a large expanse of exposed mud flats at low tide.


All of Shakespear's beaches are suitable for swimming, with Te Haruhi Bay being the most picturesque and the most popular.

Okoromai Bay is very tidal. It is a nice spot for a swim at high tide but unsuitable at low tide.

Army Bay has good swimming at all times.


Tapapakanga has a family swimming beach.


The bays at Tawharanui are great for swimming.

There are four white sandy beaches to choose from on the northern coast with the picturesque Anchor Bay being very popular.


Tawhitokino is a relatively safe family beach with lovely clear water.

Te Henga - Bethells

Te Henga or Bethells Beach is another beach in the Waitakere Ranges worth visiting. Here you will find sand dunes and Lake Wainamu - a popular swimming alternative to the rough west coast beaches.


The beach at Waharau is stony and the water is shallow but pleasant at high tide.

Waitakere Ranges

Many of the west coast beaches offer swimming opportunities - but only swim between the flags and while lifeguards are on duty.

Cornwallis and Huia offer calmer swimming conditions.


Mataitai Bay and Waitawa Bay offer safe swimming beaches.

Jumping from the wharf is not safe due to a strong current that flows past the wharf and shallow water at mid to low tide. There are also submerged rocks, and a large amount or mussels and oysters on the pylons and surrounding coastline.

Use the emergency angel rings and throw bags only in an emergency.


Swimming is very popular at Wenderholm with 900m of sandy beach that is considered relatively safe to swim in.

Watch for very strong tidal currents at the mouth of the Puhoi River - stay clear of this area, where there are danger signs posted.


Enjoy the safe, shallow swimming at Whakanewha Bay.