Foxton Beach

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Foxton Beach
Foxton Beach (summer 2014)
Foxton Beach (summer 2014)
Foxton Beach is located in New Zealand
Foxton Beach
Foxton Beach
Coordinates: 40°27′40″S 175°13′27″E / 40.46111°S 175.22417°E / -40.46111; 175.22417Coordinates: 40°27′40″S 175°13′27″E / 40.46111°S 175.22417°E / -40.46111; 175.22417
Country New Zealand
Region Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Territorial authority Horowhenua District
Named for William Fox

Foxton Beach is a small settlement in the Horowhenua District of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located on the South Taranaki Bight at the mouth of the Manawatu River, 35 kilometres southwest of Palmerston North, and six kilometres west of Foxton. Foxton Beach has a permanent population of around 2000 people. The town is a popular holiday destination due mainly to its beach and the bird sanctuary at the Manawatu Estuary. Most of Foxton Beach is made up of holiday homes.[citation needed]


Foxton Beach School is a coeducational state full primary school (years 1-8) with a roll of 171[1] (February 2017) and a decile rating of 3.[2]

There is alternative primary education located in Foxton. The High School most Foxton Beach children attend is Manawatu College located in Foxton.


There are many parks and reserves around the Foxton Beach area such as Holben Parade Reserve which is known for a playground, a sound shell (stage), and a skate park. The beach is a popular swimming area in the summer patrolled by the Foxton Surf Life Saving Club. The Manawatu River is used a lot in the Foxton Beach Area.

Manawatu River Estuary[edit]

Foxton Beach is located at the mouth of the Manawatu River and has an estuary, known as the Manawatu Estuary. The Manawatu River Estuary is now a Ramsar site and an internationally recognised bird sanctuary, where migrating and NZ native birds enjoy the mudflats and wetlands. The estuary is also a spot for the Godwit migrations. The river has recreation opportunities such as bird watching, water skiing, fishing etc. Manawatu Marine Boating club is also located at the Foxton Beach Wharf.


The council have just finished working on storm surge protection. The storm surge protection contains concrete barriers and small hill-like barriers with a path on top which are now connected to sun set walk (A river side walk in Foxton Beach). Many subdivisions have been created and many new houses are and have been constructed. The new houses have indicated that the Foxton Beach permanent population is growing due to the style the houses are being built.

Foxton Beach during the summer 2014


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Foxton Beach School

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