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Kai Iwi Beach

Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-349 0001
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Iconic West Coast Beach

This is your classic black sand NZ beach. It's rugged. Driftwood gets washed up from time to time... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Winchester, United Kingdom
Popular Beach

It seemed like everyone in town was there on Christmas Day - a normal Kiwi thing to do. It's a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicole B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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A safe beach for the whole family and all ocean activities, Kai Iwi is reached via Rapanui Road 14kms west of Whanganui. Patrolled during the summer you can swim, fish, laze in the sun, go for long walks and pick through the driftwood. A popular place to visit for visitors and locals alike, there is a large childrens playground, flying fox zip line, paddling creek, toilets and showers, picnic fac
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-349 0001

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is your classic black sand NZ beach. It's rugged. Driftwood gets washed up from time to time and on a hot day you'd be advised to wear your flip flops (jandals) because the black sand can get really hot. There is an adjacent adventure...More

1  Thank Erasmus16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seemed like everyone in town was there on Christmas Day - a normal Kiwi thing to do. It's a beautiful setting with a full playground and bathroom facilities. Water very swimmable.

Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My parents have recently moved to Whanganui and we visited with little great grandkids and older teenage grandkids. The beautiful black volcanic sand and doing the hot foot run jump to the water brought back funny memories as a kid. The ammenities here are great...More

Thank SassMelbourne
Reviewed 2 November 2017

The weather wasn't too flash when we went so the beach was a no go but the park was great, even the 12 year old liked it, the flying fox was cool going over the river & back. Great park that was clean & tidy...More

Thank SunBeachFun2014
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This is quite a wild beach, but does have safe swimming areas on the beach and in a couple of streams. on of the streams is really good for kids. There is a nice playground there.

Thank ADC5022
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Kai Iwi beach is a typical west coast beach whereby it's attractiveness is determined by the weather and sea conditions. This beach is small, but suitable for swimming in the right conditions. There is a nice playground nearby.

Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Wild west coast great little place. Short drive from Whanganui well worth the visit. If you like walking in the wild wind and playing in the surf it's good place to go.

Thank Slartybartfast58
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Childhood memories of picnics at the beach. Good surf and swimming, an inlet to paddle in and a small childrens playground. Piles of driftwood give it a real "kiwi" feel. Black sand as well - it's my memories of how beaches are.

Thank Kiwimelanie
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This is a stunning little beach great play ground for the big and little kids a lovely creek to paddle in and a wonderful black beach to walk along for miles.

Thank sallysage
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Can be a chilly wind here but during the summer this is a great beach. there are RIPS so do ask locals whats up with the water and don't walk close to steep cliff as they do at times have bits fall off...occasionally quite big...More

Thank Artisteyes
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16 February 2017|
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Response from Kiwimelanie | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately not....closest dairy would be in Whanganui I think, although there is a petrol station on the main road at the turnoff to Kai Iwi beach which probably sells essentials.