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Beaches Hawke’s Bay places to go

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Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

A top surfing beach, Mahia is a contrast to the calm paddling water at Ahuriri estuary. Discover a place to surf cast at Waipatiki beach or explore the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve. There is plenty of choice with Hawke’s Bay’s ocean beaches personality plus offering the joy of fossicking, of building sandcastles, walks, surfing and fishing and a swim between the flags. Hawke’s Bay beaches are ‘like no other,’ places definitely inviting further exploration.

@Mahia Beach Motel & Holiday Park
@Mahia Beach Motel & Holiday Park


  • SURF AT MAHIA PENINSULA with the rolling ocean swells framed by beautiful white cliffs
  • ARAMOANA BEACH & TE ANGIANGI MARINE RESERVE, rock pools, a beach and estuary
  • TANGOIO BEACH is a rocky pebble beach where exploration and fossicking is key activity. The beach is a known surfing destination. Nearby White Pine Scenic Reserve walks round out a day at the beach.
  • AHURIRI ESTUARY BEACH explore a wetland and enjoy safe sheltered beach
  • PORT SANDY BEACH local Napier favourite, safe, sheltered swimming for everyone

Best time to go to Hawke’s Bay beaches

December to mid-March. Winter is surfing heaven with the heavy ocean swells creating over 2 metre wave curls.

Weather in Hawke’s Bay beaches

The water temperature range is 18 to 20°C on around the 9th of February and are at their coldest on about the 28th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C. Check with Napier – Marine Parade Water Temperature (Sea) and Wetsuit Guide.


Remember to check water quality with Water Quality Hawke’s Bay before entering the water.



A shipwreck, a lighthouse and 9.00 km beach walk along Little Taikura Beach sounds fascinating. NZ topographic map reference for Taikura is NZTopoMap.

Unable to verify walking conditions or actually pinpoint the beach. Comments are welcome.



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