Anchor Bay

Anchor Bay

Anchor Bay, on the north side of Tāwharanui Peninsula, is the main beach in Tāwharanui Regional Park. The entrance road car park terminates below the beach, then it’s only a few minutes walk to the beach though a grassed reserve with public facilities. Stick to the short marked paths to the beach as the dunes are protected. Similarly, there are dotterels and their nesting sites will be fenced off in spring.

The beach in front of the carpark is crescent-shaped with white sand and tinges of gold. The west end is interrupted by Moana Lookout, then continues on past the campground. If you walk west along the beach, you will notice the orange cliffs, which local Māori used to derive red pigments.

The east end is interrupted by Flat Rock, a significant mostly gold- and orange-coloured rocky point that you can walk around at low tide. There are also a couple of walk-through caves on the west side of the point, accessible as the tide retreats. Beyond Flat Rock, the beach continues and then curves around to a much rockier foreshore.

The beach is safe for swimming with generally modest surf. The water in front of the beach is also a marine sanctuary, so you may want to bring a snorkel. It is popular, so the car park fills up on warm weekends and holidays. Try to be there early (or late) or avoid crowds.

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