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Waikanae Beach

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Waikanae Beach Reserve extends from Grey Street along Awapuni Road to The Cut at the mouth of the Turanganui River.

How to get there

A few minutes drive from the city centre. Head down Grey Street towards the beach.  There is a driveway and car park off Awapuni Road to The Cut and public tennis courts.

Grey Street, Gisborne

Things to do

  • A26 A - Cycleway
  • A31 A - Dogs on Leash
  • A60 A - Jet Skiing
  • A62 A - Kite Surfing
  • Picnic Table - Picnic Tables
  • Playground - Playground
  • A18 A - Sea Kayaking
  • Shower2 - Showers
  • Surfing - Surfing
  • Swimming - Swimming
  • Tennis Court
  • Toilets - Toilets
  • Walking - Walkway
  • A115 A - Water Skiing

Things you can't do

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

About Waikanae Beach

Waikanae Beach is a safe and popular swimming beach. It has a playground, tennis courts, cycle and walkway that connects with the harbour and the James Cook statue. A very popular for fishing and picnicking under the trees.

The reserve includes the foreshore from Grey Street to 'The Cut' including Waikanae Beach Holiday Park.

Water quality monitoring

We monitor the water quality weekly from November to March and monthly in winter. 
Due to the proximity to the outlet of the Turanganui River the beach sometimes has poor water quality after rain.

Check the water monitoring results page

Events or weddings on the beach

To book Waikanae Beach reserve for a wedding or event - use the online booking form

Reserve management plan

Read the plan for managing Waikanae Beach Reserve


Waikanae Beach reserve is historically significant, the site represents the first ‘meeting place’ of the founding cultures Maori and European in 1769.

Read about our Tairawhiti Navigations project

Waikanae Beach images on Flickr

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