Kai Iwi Beach Whanganui New Zealand

Kai Iwi Beach

Shimmering blacksand beach

A fun beach for the whole family and all ocean activities, Kai Iwi Beach is reached via Rapanui Road 14kms west of Whanganui. Patrolled during the summer you can swim, fish, laze in the sun or go for long walks. A small village of residential and holiday homes see the size of the community swell in the summer months. It is also a popular spot for photographers wishing to capture stunning images of cliffs against the sea, eerie driftwood shapes and vibrant sunsets over the Tasman Sea.

A great place for a family get-away, Kai Iwi Beach has a fantastic children’s playground, complete with a flying fox over a stream, pirate climbing ship, and more… There is a large toilet block with changing rooms, cold water showers, and wood burning BBQ’s as well. Kai Iwi Beach has it all, and has been a favourite with locals and tourists for generations! There is also a well-established motor camp located in the Mowhanau village. Book early for your summer holiday, spend a weekend or a day!

Kai Iwi Beach Whanganui

  • The Family Beach

    With a huge playground, a shallow stream and plenty of driftwood to climb on, Kai Iwi Beach is THE beach to take the family for a day out!

  • BBQ

    Here there are picnic tables, large area of lawn and shade, and wood-burner BBQ facilities for you to enjoy with family and friends!

  • Campground

    The famous Mowhanau Holiday Park is a great place to stay and enjoy Kai Iwi Beach! Check it out!

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Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park is set on 12 acres of park-like grounds, only 250m from Kai Iwi Beach and a 10-minute drive to Whanganui. It features a barbecue, children’s playground and sun terrace.
  Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park
  06 342 9658.

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Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park

Moana Parade
Kai Iwi

Toilets Open
Dusk – Dawn

Kai Iwi Beach Holiday Park: (06) 342 9658
i-SITE: 0800 92 64 26
Enjoy at your pace!
Parking Available, Accommodation, BBQ Facilities, Campervans Welcome, Dogs Must Be Leashed, Fishing Spot, Toilets, Unpatrolled Swimming, Patrolled Swimming, Surfing Spot, Playground, Picnic Facilities, Camping Ground, Tenting, Family Friendly

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