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Whakamahi Beach is known for its tumultuous surf, black pebble beach, driftwood and other treasures which the tides leave behind.

There is an interesting collection of drift wood to be found. Get creative and build some artwork out of the driftwood or just relax and enjoy the view and the sounds of the ocean.

You can light a bonfire here, but make sure to check the fire season, you are not allowed to light fires here in a prohibited fire season. Locals enjoy coming to Whakamahia to go fishing, enjoy a picnic or cook lambtails on a bonfire with family and friends.

The lagoon behind the beach is a nature reserve and is a good spot for bird watching. Among the birds to be spotted are Gulls, Mallards, Canadian Geese, Pied Stilts, Oyster Catchers, Banded Dotterels and sometimes Royal Spoonbills and White Heron.

The view from Pilot Hill, which is just before Whakamahia Beach, is impressive. You can see up the coast towards Māhia and down to Cape Kidnappers. In earlier days Pilot's used a series of balls to indicate to ships offshore as to the conditions at the bar of the river before they entered the river to come up to the wharf.

Also along this road are visible gun emplacements where the were guns were placed as a line of defence against a possible Japanese invasion in the Second World War.

This beach is not safe for swimming.


This beach is great for fishing for kahawai and snapper. Especially at sunset your chances of catching snapper are good.


Whakamahia Road, Wairoa

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Physical Address: 9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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