Papamoa beach has become one of our region’s iconic destinations.
Thousands of people come here every summer to enjoy this beach’s stunning white sand and rolling surf.
Papamoa beach stretches for miles – 16km to be precise – and hugs the coastline between Mount Maunganui in the west, and the Kaituna River in the east.
There are numerous beach access points marked at regular intervals along Papamoa Beach Rd, which is densely populated with residential and holiday homes. You can park on the side of the road here and wander down to the beach via any of these public walkways.
The most popular spot to swim is outside the Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club where lifeguards set up safe swimming areas (marked with flags) and patrol the beach during summer. You’ll find these clubroom – and plenty of car parking – at the grass reserve beside the Papamoa Beach Resort camp ground. The entrance is at the roundabout on the corner of Papamoa Beach Rd and Domain Rd.
This family-friendly beach is a safe swimming spot when waves are small. You can ride your boogie board for hours here. Challenge your kids to a sandcastle building competition or have a game of beach soccer or cricket. This beach is very wide so there’s plenty of room to spread out on the sand and run around.
Strong rips and large waves can occasionally form so be wary of the conditions, especially if you’re not swimming near the patrolled lifeguard area.
Papamoa beach is a great place to surf when there’s a swell running. You’ll find both left and right hand breaks along this part of the coast. Waves can be surfed on any tide, although the best waves are usually found around mid-tide. This beach is offshore in a south to southwest wind.
Kite and wind surfing are also popular here. Choose a spot away from the crowds and enjoy the endless blue sky and ocean as you fly across the tops of the waves.
You can dig for pipis in the sand anywhere along this shoreline. Eat them straight from the shell, or toss them onto an open fire or barbecue until their shells open. Pipi fritters are also a delicious treat.
If you’re a keen fisherman you can also use pipi as bait to catch terakihi. This is a great beach for surf casting and there’s plenty of room to spread out down the coastline. Papamoa Beach has no boat launching facilities as such, but offshore fishing is very productive here.
Papamoa Beach is a much-loved holiday destination for generations of Kiwi families. Whatever your favourite beach activities are, you can enjoy them all here.