Sold! Castaways Resort has new owners

The popular resort on the stunning cliff tops of Karioitahi Beach, is now in the hands of Marsden Resorts, an Auckland based accommodation provider who took ownership of the business in June this year. Michael Osborne, one of the four directors of Marsden Resorts says, “As an experienced accommodation and hotel operator, our focus will be on how to continue to […]

Victim named in hang gliding fatality

Police have released the name of the man killed in a hang gliding incident at Karioitahi Beach on Thursday 14 June. He was Scott Desmond Lalich, 34, from Morrinsville. The death has been referred to the Coroner.

Dumping a blight on beach

A large amount of household rubbish was found dumped at Karioitahi Beach last week. Passers-by found the rubbish which included a discarded swimming pool, car seat, oil containers, shoes, fishing packets, bird carcasses, outdoor furniture and green waste. It was dumped several kilometres south of the surf lifesaving building. Due to the amount of rubbish and waste dumped, it is […]

Letter: Tree-mendous discovery on Karioitahi Beach

This mysterious log washed up on the shores of Karioitahi Beach last month, partially carved with the words Rangiwaea, 2017. The discovery was made by Mark Rolfe from Australia who was visiting his in-laws in Pukekohe. “I walked Karioitahi Beach and found this huge carved trunk. Amongst the carvings was Rangiwaea [heart] 2017. Hope you can make something of this […]

Karioitahi callouts for rescue chopper

On Sunday 8 April 2018 at 3:40pm, W2 crew were tasked to Karioitahi Beach to assist a female patient in her 20s who was paragliding and crashed into the side of a hill on her descent. She suffered suspected multiple injuries and was flown to Middlemore Hospital in a moderate condition. At 8.39pm on Thursday 29 March, W2 Westpac Crew […]

Easter Missions for Auckland Westpac Helicopter

On Thursday 29 March 2018 at 8:39pm, W2 crew were tasked by police from mission 275 to Karioitahi to assist with the search and rescue of person possibly in the water. Crew were stood down enroute after the person had been located with no injuries and returned to base.  

In Focus 26 September 2017

Even though this photograph was taken in the heart of winter by Alan Dodunski, he felt that a stunning sunset at Karioitahi Beach could help lift away the winter blues.

Local lifeguards honoured

A number of local surf life savers have been awarded with service awards at the National Awards of Excellence held in Auckland on Saturday 23 September. Brent Phillips, Joanne Hobson, Warren Edwards and Shane Edwards from Sunset Beach (Port Waikato) and Michael Lawrence, from Kariaotahi Beach were awarded their Service Awards at the ceremony. Holders of the Surf Life Saving […]

Busy Sunday for Auckland Westpac Helicopter

Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter had a busy weekend with a total of 11 missions between Friday 9:36am to Sunday at 11:55pm. Sunday 24 September 2017, saw a total of five missions, two of which were within the Franklin area. At 10.15am, W2 crew were tasked to Tuakau to assist a male patient in his 50s who had crashed his powered […]

A waste of time?

In the light of a vehicle rolling on Karioitahi Beach recently, it has been brought to our attention that the vehicle was not registered with a permit, so the driver should not have been on the beach at all. Upon further investigation, it doesn’t appear that the driver will be facing any consequences from the lack of a permit, or […]

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