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Interesting beach area to visit

We were travelling in our motorhome exploring the wonderful coast from Whanganui to New Plymouth... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Taupo, New Zealand
Short drive from Whanganui

Pleasant spot late in the day for a stroll and a few photos. To us (coming from Australia) found... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2018
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Rapanui Road, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-349 0001
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All reviews black volcanic sand west coast beach great beach safe swimming flying fox short drive plenty of parking the river surf cliffs jandals driftwood playground leads kiwi nz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were travelling in our motorhome exploring the wonderful coast from Whanganui to New Plymouth. We stayed the night at Kai Iwi. Such a nice place, the whole coast is amazing, rugged, raw and beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wendy1811027
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Better to go to this beach or any other beach like this at off peak times,otherwise your competing with every other man and their dog. Great fishing at night and the camp ground is good.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank jeremyg496
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Pleasant spot late in the day for a stroll and a few photos. To us (coming from Australia) found the black sand fascinating and the low sunlight lit up the cliffs nearby.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank DavoQJ999
Reviewed 11 March 2018

It is nice black sand beach with plenty of drifted woods, at approx 11km from Whanganui. A place for all family members for swimming, strolling, or just sitting enjoy the open sea. Safe beach because it is patrolled beach, thanks to the Whanganui Surf Life...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank santo-trainsspotter7
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Small, reasonably appointed clean, secure and very quiet camp site. Fish and chips available too! Coin op showers, and a child’s playground.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank leoniew5558
Reviewed 18 January 2018

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

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Erasmus16
Reviewed 6 January 2018

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.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Nicole B
Reviewed 6 January 2018 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

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank ADC5022
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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.