Waipatiki Beach is a picturesque settlement with native bush and a broad stretch of golden sand.
The name Waipatiki means "water...sand flounder" and was so called because it was once an estuarine valley, and a very good place for early Maori to catch these fish. The long steep decent to the valley brings you to the Waipatiki Scenic Reserve, a 64ha remnant of coastal forest.
The golden sand beach offers swimming, surfing, fishing, diving with the fresh water stream being popular with younger children. Small boats can be launched from beach, and the many coastal and bush walks are well worth exploring with kahikatea trees, Nikau palms and a redwood forest. Keep your eyes and ears out for numerous beautiful native birds including Tui, Kereru and Bellbirds.
Near the beach is a camping ground, beach picnic area and toilets.