South Beach Whanganui
Recognised for its excellent fishing and surfing
Adjacent to the Whanganui Airport is South Beach. As soon as the tide goes out South Beach is a 20km stretch of sand, excellent for a days picnic, swimming, surfing or fishing. Up in the dunes are fantastic off-roading trails. Drive south and you can reach the mouth of the Whangehu River, or North will take you to the South Mole, another great fishing spot.
Once on the beach the opportunities for great family fun are extensive. The beach is not patrolled so remember to watch the tides and take care at all times when near and in the water.
There are several peaks along the beach to choose from offering great views and climbing fun. The waves are hollow and powerful. Intermediate to expert surfers only. There is a large carpark available but 4WD access to the beach is recommended. From Whanganui head south on Carlton Ave, State Highway 3. Cross the Whanganui River, then turn right onto Wikitoria Road, which will turn into Airport Road. Continue past the airport then turn left onto the gravel road and take this round the end of the airport to the south side of the river mouth. From here walk over the sand dunes to the beach.
Whanganui is famous for its black side beach and the driftwoods, visit the Whanganui i-Site and help them plan your day. Just 10 minutes from town is the Castlecliff Beach, a classic seaside holiday option with patrolled swimming, a well-established motor camp, playgrounds, skate park and easy access to an extensive west coast sandy beach.
Castlecliff Beach is very popular for numerous beach activities. Swimming is the most popular activity during the summer months. Fishing and surfing are also popular but these beach users tend to head towards the south end of the beach adjacent to the north mole of the Wanganui Rivermouth. Castlecliff Beach gets regular swell and the beach has numerous rips and holes.
South Beach Whanganui
Travel south along the beach and you will come across a secret stream – great for kids swimming and a picnic!
Something for All!
Opportunities for great family fun are extensive!
South Beach Cafe is a nice place to drop in and have a quick cup of tea and a snack! South Beach Cafe.
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