Waimarama from the hills above, with Bare Island to the left
|Territorial authority||Hastings District|
Waimarama is a popular surf beach, known as a beach break on a sandy beach, with a rocky point. It offers both left and right handers and conditions are often suitable for surfers of all levels. The beach has strong rip currents, and is patrolled by surf lifeguards at weekends from November to March.
The beach town attracts people from across the region, with a restaurant, bar and shop. It also has about 240 permanent residents, with many former holiday baches becoming homes.
On 28 April 2011, heavy rain hit the village, causing floods and mudslides.
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