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Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach pictureOcean Beach (a near neighbour of Waimarama Beach), also known as Waipuka, is relatively undeveloped and popular with surfers and families alike. Both Ocean and Waimārama beaches have surf lifesavers on duty during the summer holidays.

Gates restricting vehicle access to the car park are closed every day between 8pm and 6am.

There are two walks along Ocean Beach:

  1. South along the beach to Waimārama (7.5km one way). Make sure you check tide times before you go, tell someone where you are walking and allow 4 1/2 hours return.
  2. North along the beach to Whakapau Bluff (8 km one way; allow 4.5 hours return). Whakapau Bluff prevents easy access to the stretch of coast north to Cape Kidnappers (Te Kauwae-a-Māui), although locals know a reef/sandbar just off shore that can be waded at low tide if no surf is running.

Between the Bluff and the Cape, is the site of William Morris' 1838 Rangaiika whaling station, the boiler from the wreck of the Go Ahead (1887), and two rock arches.

Vehicles on Ocean Beach

Access to Ocean Beach is kindly allowed through private landowners. When visiting the beach, please take steps to respect our coastal wildlife and dunes. That way our future generations can enjoy the beautiful beach the same way we do.

  • Please put all rubbish in the bin (or taking it back home with you when you leave)
  • Pedestrian access only. Vehicle access is prohibited. (More details below).


Yes. The driveway from the main entrance gate, through the carpark to the surf club, first passes over privately owned land. Council, at the request of the private landowners, has installed a new gate to stop traffic going through the dunes and damaging them, and driving in an anti-social way on the beach. The land where the gate has been placed is Council-owned land.

Private landowners include: Pukepuke Tangiora Estate, Waipuka 3B1C1 Inc, Ocean Beach Holdings Ltd and Tennyson OB Limited.

At the request of most of the local landowners, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Department of Conservation, Hastings District Council has erected a new barrier to prevent vehicle access to Ocean Beach over private property.

Local landowners, in particular, were extremely concerned about the damage being done to the fragile coastal ecology and wildlife habitat on their land, as well as antisocial driver behaviour on the beach.

People can still park in the carpark or in the nearby reserve and access the beach on foot.

The landowners that enable access to the carpark and small reserve noted this was needed to maintain access to the existing parking area.

The owners of the land that provides access to the beach have requested vehicles not be allowed access to the beach and sand dunes to protect the fragile ecology of the dunes. The Surf Lifesaving Club still has access.

The decision was made in 2020 after much discussion with local land owners.

Signs will be erected shortly that explain the requirements.

As the restrictions are not bylaws, fines or penalties cannot be imposed.  The enforcement primarily rests in the physical barriers put in place.

Yes. All motorised vehicles are prohibited.

The barriers were first started in November 2020 and completed on 8 November 2021 when vehicle access was effectively stopped from the council reserve. 

Ocean Beach Location Map

Ocean Beach Road (Google map)


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