Foxton Beach

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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 in the Manawatu River estuary. Most of Foxton Beach is made up of holiday homes.


Foxton Beach School is a coeducational state full primary school (years 1-8) with a roll of 130 and a decile rating of 3.

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

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...
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