The Club

Welcome to the site of the Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Patrol

Warren Hay Marine

Ruakaka Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres south of Whangarei on the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

The Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Patrol was established in 1960 and has operated continuous patrols on the beach, every summer, since then.

We are proud to be a small, friendly, family focused club that has a lot to offer our members.

Our Mission Statement:
Ruakaka SLSP is committed to the training, education of the members and the community for the prevention of incidents and accidents at Ruakaka Beach.

If you would like to find out more about our club, please Contact Us or visit the club during patrol.

About Us

The Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Patrol operates in an area called Bream Bay.
This is located approximately 35 kilometres south of Whangarei off State highway 1
at the end of Beach Rd. Ruakaka.

The beach consists of white sand and variable surf conditions over a distance of some 13 kilometres
between river outlets.

Adjacent to the beach are motels, Bed & Breakfast accommodation and a reserve Camping ground which accommodates tent sites, cabins, caravan, and camper van facilities

The patrol operates with volunteer members from Labour weekend to Easter each year and has a large Junior and family participation in activities

We provide training, coaching for all ages, and this has lead to success in regional and national competitions for members over the years.

If you are looking to join a club with a community service record, a family atmosphere, and have fun
JOIN US. We look forward to meeting You.


The Ruakaka Surf Lifesaving Club was formed in 1960 when it became clear that the growing popularity of the beach combined with the dangerous conditions made the establishment of a surf club a necessity.

Work on a clubhouse was started almost immediately and it wasn’t long before the first basic clubhouse stood on the same site that the present clubhouse occupies today.

Between 1960 and 1966 the club grew in strength, with members competing in the then popular R&R (Rescue and Resuscitation) events, board and ski races, and the boat races in their newly acquired surf boat.

Today the club continues to operate with state-of-the-art equipment, and regularly conducts training with external agencies to offer beach-goers the safest environment it can.

For detailed information on our club, the last 50 years are summed up in our jubilee booklet. A great deal of effort was put into it, to offer an accurate account of Ruakaka SLSC over the years.

Our Sponsors

The Patrol acknowledges the ongoing support of the following:

Principle Sponsor REFINING NZ

Surf Sports Sponsor HANSEN PRODUCTS

Funding Organisations ASB COMMUNITY TRUST









Searle Electronics

United Security Northland

Total Idea Co

Fast Signz

Aussie Butcher

Yamaha Whangarei

AB Equipment

Martin Wallace Ltd


Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park

Wortelboer Motors Ltd

GAS Point Ruakaka

DM & PM Matich Ltd

Macsway Scaffolding

Northern Rural Haulage

WDC Community Funding

Warren Hay Marine