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Address: Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6-349 0001
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A safe beach for the whole family and all ocean activities, Kai Iwi is...

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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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.

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand
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68 reviews
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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
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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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 CrashCarter
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21 reviews
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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
New Zealand
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204 reviews
57 attraction reviews
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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
Whanganui, New Zealand
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58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 and heavy! Lovely black volcanic sand.It's great for a long walk as log as you... More 

Thank Artisteyes
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a beautiful beach. Full of drift wood and beautiful black sand. A lovely place to walk. The hills are made of some sort of sand stone so they are very soft. Well worth a visit. Fantastic for anybody who likes to collect drift wood or shells.

Thank Terri D
Wellington New Zealand
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118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

I have known and visited this beach for over sixty years. it has not changed much in that time. The cliffs have eroded, the beach houses have become bigger and flashier, the beach shop has closed - and people come just the same to camp, walk, swim, fish. Steep weak clay cliffs you need tostadas away from, two streams for... More 

Thank Thorndon
Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Interesting Beach for children and adults alike. Lots driftwood to build with, Changing shapes every day, Life Guards in the summer. Dogs allowed on top Beach if on leads. Good Fishing off beach.

Thank Kiwicas
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83 reviews
60 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 June 2016

Just a nice area. Steep path to the beach and a low bridge over the creek at the north/west end. Nothing too spectacular. Cliffs along the shore with a few access points to the black sand beach. Plenty of lawn area along the shore. The toilet block was being maintained when we visited. Plenty of picnic tables. A fair way... More 

Thank Michael K
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

This lovely beach has a playground with a cool flying fox. The rock faces are interesting along with a huge variety of interesting shaped driftwood. A beach walk was fun and great to watch the waves rolling in. There's a sign saying to check tides before walking along the beach . This wasn't a problem as we only chose a... More 

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