Water and beach safety
Stay safe while you’re enjoying our beautiful beaches as water does present a potential hazard. There are steps you can take to keep safe while you’re in, on and under the water. See New Zealand’s Water Safety Code.
Find patrolled beaches
Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrols over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, which identify the safest swimming areas. Not all of our beaches are patrolled – you can find patrolled beaches at findabeach.co.nz.
Did you know?
We’re one of the few cities in the world sitting between two harbours on two separate major bodies of water – the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.