Carters Beach

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Carters Beach
Coastal settlement
Carters Beach is located in New Zealand
Carters Beach
Carters Beach
Coordinates: 41°45′S 171°34′E / 41.750°S 171.567°E / -41.750; 171.567
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWest Coast Region
DistrictBuller District

Carters Beach is a small town on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, located 6 kilometres (4 mi) west of Westport on State Highway 67A.[1] It is the only sheltered sandy beach on the West Coast suitable for swimming.[2]

Carters Beach was named after an early settler who farmed the area in the late 1800s.[2]

An 18-hole golf course and Westport Airport are located near the town.[2] Erosion along Rotary Road has caused the closure of the beachside road and may eventually lead to the closure of the nearby airport.[3]


  1. ^ "Carters Beach". Carters By the Sea Motel.
  2. ^ a b c Nathan, Simon (23 February 2009). "West Coast places". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  3. ^ Redmond, Adele (3 February 2018). "Storm accelerates coastal erosion at Carters Beach".

Coordinates: 41°45′S 171°34′E / 41.750°S 171.567°E / -41.750; 171.567