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Midway Beach

Opening Hours

The Beacon car park is closed at night.


Car parks and access along Centennial Marine Drive

Centennial Marine Drive, Gisborne

How to get there

A few minutes drive from the city centre. Salisbury Road, Grey Street and Stanley Road connect with Centennial Marine Drive.

Things to do

  • Barbeque - Barbecue
  • A31 A - Dogs on Leash
  • A53 A - Horse Riding
  • A60 A - Jet Skiing
  • A62 A - Kite Surfing
  • Picnic Table - Picnic Tables
  • A18 A - Sea Kayaking
  • A40 A - Surf Casting
  • Surfing - Surfing
  • Swimming - Swimming
  • Toilets - Toilets
  • Walking - Walkway

Things you can't do

  • No Camping - X No Camping
  • No Fire - X No Fires

About Midway Beach

Midway Beach is a popular swimming and surf beach.  Midway surf lifesaving club patrol the beach in summer with 'swim between the flag' areas.

The Oneroa cycle and walkway extends from Midway Beach surf club to Waikanae Beach.
There's 2 BBQs, that are free to use, near the Midway surf club and Beacon car park.  There's also showers and drinking fountains along the walkway.

Water quality monitoring

We monitor the water quality at Midway surf club weekly from 1 November to the end of March, then monthly after that.

We also monitor the water quality opposite Pacific Street.

Check the water monitoring results page

Event or wedding on the beach

To book Midway Beach reserve for an event or wedding - use our online booking form

Reserve management plan

Read the plan for managing Midway Beach Reserve


Midway Beach and to a greater extent the Waikanae Beach foreshore is historically significant, the site represents the first ‘meeting place’ of the Maori and Pakeha cultures in October 1769.
The various land parcels that make up what is now the Midway Beach Reserve were gifted to the Council over a number of decades.

The Midway Surf Club is a prominent building within the reserve. It was officially opened on 24 October 1965, and is considered one of the best competitors in the surf life saving field in New Zealand.

Midway Beach images on Flickr

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