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Porangahau Beach (Waipukurau)

@Hawke's Bay NZ

A hidden gem for beach fossicking. Porangahau Beach is primarily known for surfing and beach sailing. The breezy nature of the beach creates a wild atmosphere. Go for an invigorating beach walk rather than braving the undercurrents The nearby settlement has a pub, cafe and general store. Horse races are held on the beach at Easter and Blo Karts catch the seabreezes there all year round. The beach stretches for kilometres creating plenty of space consequently does not feel crowded.


Unmissable selfie moment (if you can fit the sign into the frame). The place with the longest name in the world Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is just a few kilometres south of Porangahau. Check out What’s so great about Waipukurau for details.


Porangahau River is popular for swimming, boating, water skiing and jet skiing. There are designated areas for these activities – look for the sign at the boat ramp alongside the bridge over the river.

Find out more about what to do nearby Porangahau Beach in Hawke’s Bay guide things to do with places to stay and nearby walks.


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