Welcomes you to Waitarere Beach



This leaflet is to inform you and give you a few hints to make your visit to our beach a safe and enjoyable experience.


Waitarere is special – it is one of the few beaches in the country where you are allowed to drive to your chosen fishing or picnic spot.

This is a privilege that can be withdrawn if it is abused.


The beach is classified as a road. All vehicle, power bike regulations and road rules apply.



If taking your vehicle onto the beach it must be registered, warranted and driven by a licensed driver.

A 30 kph speed restriction covers the beach entrance roads and 2.6 kms in front of the township.
This limit is strictly enforced.

ATVs, Trail bikes and Beach buggies must be registered and drivers licensed.

“Donuts” and wheel stands are illegal, (Land Transport Amendment Act 2003).

Landyachts are vehicles; an area is designated for their use North of the residential area.

The sand dunes, http://medicines4all.com, beachfront reserve and the Manawatu Estuary mudflats are “protected areas” and owners can be fined for driving in these areas.

The Waitarere Forest is private property. Pedestrians and cyclists are welcome.
No unauthorized motor vehicles or bikes are allowed in the forest.

Volunteer Beach Traffic Wardens and Litter Wardens, warranted by the Horowhenua District Council, patrol the beach all year round for your safety.





Public carparks are provided at the Surf Club or you may park on the beach (see Driving Hints).

Ensure your car is locked and valuables are not visible.



The One Way System

The Horowhenua District Council Traffic Plan allows the Wardens to operate a one way traffic system on busy days.  Appropriate signage will be erected.

When in force, traffic turning left from the main entrance (entering the patrolled swimming area) can only exit via Windsor Street (600m south).

Traffic entering the beach from Windsor Street cannot turn right (North).




Driving Hints

  • Seek tide information before driving onto the beach.
  • Drive near the middle of the beach. Follow other vehicle tracks where possible.
  • Driving near the surf or the driftwood line is hazardous (and not very good for your car)
    The beach has large patches of “worm holes” which act like quick sand.
  • To negotiate soft sand, engage a low gear, proceed slowly/ steadily,
    do not stop, turn front wheels sharply or over accelerate.


Levin Waitarere Surf Life Saving Club members patrol the area in front of the surf club in summer.
For your safety it is advisable to swim between the flags. (see Hazards)


Toilet and Changing Room

These are located in the Surf Club carpark.


Boat Launching

An area is set aside for this 200m north of the main entrance.

Keep watch for submerged debris at sea and swimmers off beach.


Surfing and Jet skis

Please keep well clear of patrolled swimming area.

Jet Skis – maximum speed 5 knots within 200metres of the beach.



Are permitted on the beach but please keep on leash in patrolled swimming area.



A “Total Fire Ban” covers the entire beach and Waitarere township.

Permits are required for open fires and braziers.

Permits are available from Horowhenua District Council Office, Bath Street, Levin.

Gas BBQs are OK.  A free BBQ is provided in the Domain for your enjoyment.



Please use the bins provided for litter, especially glass; or take it home with you.

These bins are NOT for domestic household rubbish.

Household rubbish collection is on Monday mornings. Bags are available from Dairy.

Glass and plastic recycling depot in summer months is next to the Scout Hall in the Domain.

It is illegal to dump rubbish, including green waste, on the beach or around the village.

If you see anyone dumping rubbish illegally you can report them by phoning 0508 800 800



  • Rips And Holes

As with all ocean beaches, rips can develop unexpectedly causing a swimmer to be swept into deeper water.
If caught (scary as it may be) don’t panic, raise your arms to attract attention, relax, float and drift with the current. It will release you and you can surf back to shore.

Only a strong swimmer should attempt a rescue in a rip.  More rescuers than swimmers drown in rips.

In Emergency:  CALL 111


  • Bluebottles (Portuguese Man O Wars)

These wash onto the beach occasionally in great numbers and can cause a painful sting if stepped on or encountered in the water.

Remedy:  remove any visible barbs. Flush wound with fresh water, apply antiseptic or sting cream.

Do not apply vinegar or salt water.


  • Stingrays

These come close inshore to bask in the shallows in hot weather and can give you a nasty reflex whack with
their tails if stepped on.

Don’t rush into the water, wade in slowly and the stingray will move out of your way.

Remedy if attacked: Clean wound, wrap in antiseptic bandage, Consult doctor.  Stitches are usually required.


  • Dangerous Driving

Drivers who endanger the safety and enjoyment of beach users are not welcome on Waitarere Beach.

Help us to make the beach safe for all to enjoy by taking registration numbers and reporting immediately to the Police (Dial 111).  The Police are supportive of our efforts to stop irresponsible driving on the beach.


The Waitarere Beach Progressive and Ratepayers Association Inc. produce this leaflet for your safety and information.                                                                                                                                                              Fifth Reprint November 2014