Surfing New Zealand on Patrolled Beaches

at Auckland's West Coast

Surfing New Zealand safely implies the need to know the sea and its currents and rips in connection to wind and tides.


Life guardsLife guards on duty

The surfing beaches in West Auckland are wild and the coastline craggy. The beach appearance and condition is in constant change due to nature's forces. Life guards patrol their popular surf beach to make residing there a safe experience. The coast is their home. They know it best and are happy to update you on local surf conditions. This applies to swimming, surfing, as well as to rock fishing in West Auckland.

Professional surfing lessons for Auckland's west can be bocked at GoDo . Local instructors teach first guidelines about surfing and how to catch your first wave.

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Some general guidelines for surfing New Zealand :

  • Swim when you feel rested and well.
  • Between the red and yellow flags are swimming and body-boarding safest.
  • Take a companion with you while swimming or surfing. For younger surfers it is sufficient to have an adult watching over you on the beach.
  • Have an eye on people surrounding you.
  • Check your position regularly in relation to a landmark. Unaware the currents carry you out into the open water.
  • Learn the cycle of currents.
  • Stay out of the water when unsure about your own abilities or the surf conditions. To catch up take some lessons at one of the local surf schools at Muriwai or Piha.
  • Rely on your swimming ability. A floating device is there for fun.
  • Be sun smart.
  • For rock fishing get advice from locals or surf lifesaving patrol at your chosen beach in West Auckland.

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Surf Life Saving Patrols

Piha and North Piha

The daily surf lifesaving patrol is positioned during the summer holidays from December to January between 10 am and 4 pm on busy days until 6 pm. From Labour weekend in October to Easter surf lifesavers patrol voluntarily on weekends.

Muriwai , Bethells / Te Henga and Karekare

Surf lifesaving clubs have weekend and public holiday patrols from Labour weekend in October to Easter starting at 10 am and finishing at 4 pm.

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