Beaches

Our west coast beaches are scenic places to swim, surf, fish, relax and explore.

Kai Iwi Beach

Patrolled during the summer you can swim, fish, laze in the sun or go for long walks. A small village of residential and holiday homes see the size of the community swell in the summer months. It is also a popular spot for photographers wishing to capture stunning images of cliffs against the sea, eerie driftwood shapes and vibrant sunsets over the Tasman Sea.

Kai Iwi Beach has a fantastic children’s playground, complete with a flying fox over a stream, pirate climbing ship, and more… There is a large toilet block with changing rooms, cold water showers, and wood burning BBQs as well.

Kai Iwi Beach is reached via Rapanui Rd 14kms west of Whanganui.

Castlecliff Beach

A short drive from the city, Whanganui’s beach suburb has always been popular with residents and visitors. Patrolled swimming, a well-established holiday park, playgrounds and a skate park nearby provide an easy and convenient access to the beach. Castlecliff is also our prime surfing beach, with the best conditions near the river mouth at the North Mole.

South Beach

A wild and untamed beach, there is a car parking area and a short walk to the beach, but for full beach access a 4X4 is advised. For the adventurers, there are off-road trails up and down the coast to explore. There are several peaks along the beach to choose from offering great views and climbing fun.  There is a large carpark available but 4WD access to the beach is recommended.

Surfers should note that the waves here are hollow and powerful. Intermediate to expert surfers only.

Where to stay in Whanganui

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For expert local advice or further help on your stay, contact our Whanganui i-SITE visitor centre or browse our guides on Where to stay.

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