Sandy Bay, Tūtūkākā Coast

People enjoying Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay on the Tūtūkākā Coast, is an iconic surf beach suitable for all abilities. It has been home to everyone's favourite winter surf competition, the Polar Bear Surf Classic, for over 30 years. The best waves are on a northerly to north east swell. Park up, unload and step straight onto the sand and into the water.

Note that strong rips can form and there is no lifeguarding service so please take care. The south end of the beach is generally more sheltered for swimming.

Sandy’s is also popular for a family day at the beach, picnics and relaxing in the shade of the large Pōhutukawa trees.

Also, tick some items off your bucket list and ride a horse along a white sandy beach, or learn to surf: