Surf Life Saving New Zealand is urging holiday makers to be cautious when swimming at unpatrolled beaches this Easter.

In some parts of the country patrols have ended due to the weather cooling down.

This season, lifeguards have rescued over last season's total of 1,328 people.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand National Lifesaving and Education Manager Allan Mundy said lifeguards this season have continued their good work on saving lives.

"Lifeguards spent over 200,000 hours on patrol, ensuring no one drowned while swimming between the flags on New Zealand's patrolled beaches this summer," he said.

However, Mr Mundy said some beach-goers put themselves in danger by swimming at unpatrolled beaches or overestimating their abilities in the surf.

"Regardless of which NZ flag is flying next year, our red and yellow flags will be out on our beaches. But we need the public's help. As a charity, we rely on donations to keep our service running. So whichever NZ flag you vote for, please help us make sure our red and yellow flags stay for another 100 years," Mr Mundy said.

To donate, visit or text FLAGS to 849 to donate $3.

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