Fairly safe, gently sloping, somewhat sheltered from all winds except north-westerly, a bit stony in places, attractive enough to have 600 people on it at once.
At the north end is the 2009-vintage promenade with substantial bollards and seating. Where Beach Road ends and Sunset Parade begins, there is a small access ramp for boats and emergency vehicles. From there to the Taupo Stream mouth, the spring high tide mark is below or a little way up retaining walls of various designs, some of them built on the remains of collapsed walls. High tide during fierce nor-west winds is no time to walk along the beach.
Steps allow public access from Bath Street and Queens Avenue, where there are taps and a shower for removing sand and salt.
Beyond the stream, the beach gradually narrows until you reach the rocks at Goat Point; this area is where the board-sailing is encouraged.
Near Beach Road, about 27 m south of the ramp and 12 m out from the wall, is a spring, where little fountains of sand appear in pools when the tide is far enough out. It may be related to the fact that the Taupo Stream originally debouched at that end of the beach.