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
- - Cycleway
- - Dogs on Leash
- - Jet Skiing
- - Kite Surfing
- - Picnic Tables
- - Playground
- - Sea Kayaking
- - Showers
- - Surfing
- - Swimming
- Tennis Court
- - Toilets
- - Walkway
- - Water Skiing
Things you can't do
- - X No Camping
- - 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 Captain 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.
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Waikanae Beach images on Flickr
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