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Wainui Beach

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Beach access from Tuahine Crescent, Lloyd George Road, Pare Street, Oneroa Road, Wairere Road and along Moana Road (state highway).

Boat ramp access at the end of Pare Street.

How to get there

Wainui Beach is 6km from the city centre.  Travel north on Wainui Road up the East Coast.
WD Lysnar and Wainui Beach Reserve extends from Tuahine Crescent in Wainui Beach to the Makorori Headland at Okitu, approximately 4km.

Wainui and Okitu, Gisborne

Things to do

  • A11 A - Boat Fishing
  • Boat Ramp - Boat Ramp
  • A31 A - Dogs on Leash
  • A53 A - Horse Riding
  • A62 A - Kite Surfing
  • Lookout - Lookout
  • Picnic Table - Picnic Tables
  • Playground - Playground
  • 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 Wainui Beach

Wainui Beach Reserve provides access to Wainui Beach, it also has neighbourhood parks with play equipment and picnic tables. A boat launch ramp is located at the end of Pare Street.

The WD Lysnar Reserve has many informal tracks that zigzag the dunes to provide walkways along the dunes and pedestrian access to the beach. There are picnic tables and a playground at the 'Pines'.

The Wainui Surf Lifesaving Club is on the northern side of the Hamanatua stream.  The club was established in 1937.  The public toilets at the clubrooms are maintained by Council.

Wainui Beach is a nationally recognised significant surf break.

Water quality monitoring

We monitor the water quality at:

Event or wedding on the beach

To book Lysnar Reserve or Wainui Beach for a wedding or event - use the online booking form

Reserve management plan

Read the management plan for WD Lysnar Reserve and Wainui Beach


WD Lysnar Reserve was first gifted to the Gisborne Borough Council by the Lysnar family prior to 1982. The land parcels that make up the Wainui Beach Reserve were acquired over the past 100 years.

In 1970, 59 whales stranded at the northern-end of Okitu on WD Lysnar Reserve.  They are buried in a mass grave in the sand dunes where they came ashore.

Wainui Beach images on Flickr

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