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About Us

WAIPU COVE SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB is a small club, but a passionate, proactive, innovative club striving to make a big impact in drowning prevention.

• We are located 40 minutes south of Whangarei on the outskirts of the small rural town of Waipu. The club was established in 1928.

• The population of Waipu is 3700, Waipu Cove has a mix of residents and bach owners, so population swells hugely in the summer.

• The campground has 1500 at capacity over the peak summer period.


The Waipu Cove community is small, and close knit. The club is respected – particularly for nurturing the youth. The club is hugely involved in community events such as:
• Supporting the gates at the New Years Day Caledonia Games in Waipu.

• Take part in the Christmas Parade on Christmas Eve along the streets of Waipu.

• We run our club day with a public 3km ocean swim event from Langs Beach to Waipu Cove and a 10km run event from Waipu to Waipu Cove.

• We support Waipu Primary with their annual Easter Carnival and provide water safety education to their junior school camps.

• We often host SLSNR /NZ carnivals, including IRB competitions.

• We host many school camps (since 1985) along with the campground, so thousands of kids are exposed to Surf Life Saving, along with the Community Education program.

Waipu Surf Club Christmas Parade
About Waipu Cove Surf Club

Our club supports the Wildlife bird refuge for the endangered Fairy Terns along our coastline.

• Assist with dune revegetation.

• Support the building of a new cycleway between Waipu and Waipu Cove.

• Support Northland Regional Council in coastal research around seaweed.

We are a strong club due to our family focus, committed members and strong community ties. We have proactive, innovative members with experience and expertise that are willing to extend their knowledge and skills by reaching out to the popular isolated and unpatrolled beaches of the north. We love watching the growth in confidence and leadership skills of our youth develop.