dangerous beaches

PHOTO: DOMINICO ZAPATA/STUFF Sunset Beach in Port Waikato has had more rescues than any other beach in the country in 2018 (file image).

Five Auckland beaches are among the 10 most dangerous in New Zealand.

As summer gets underway and beachgoers flock to their favourite spots, Surf Life Saving New Zealand has revealed the nation’s most dangerous beaches based on the number of rescues carried out in the past year.

Surf Life Saving season usually begins on Labour Day weekend and ends at Easter.

Top 10 beaches for rescues in the 2018/2019 year:

10. Ocean Beach 16

9. Pakiri Beach 16

8. Kariaotahi 19

7. Whangārei Heads 19

6. Piha 23

5. Raglan 23

4. Bethells Beach 27

3. St Kilda 31

2. Muriwai 32

1. Sunset Beach 40