Wainui Beach - Pines ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Crowds: 3.0
Accommodation: 3.0

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Wainui Beach – Pines Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Gisborne and Mahia, New Zealand)

Sunset at Pines, Wainui Beach - Pines photo

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Small summer swell  - Wainui, Wainui Beach - Pines photo

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Pines - looking towards Makorori, Wainui Beach - Pines photo

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Pining Surf Club Bazza's, Wainui Beach - Pines photo

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Wainui Beach - Pines Spot ID:

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.2 °C

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Thursday, 2 April 2015, 17:25 Local time

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4PM 7PM 10PM 1AM
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 8 9 9 10
Wind (km/h) 30
NNE 30
NW 40
NW 30
Wind State cross-
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Wainui Beach - Pines in Gisborne and Mahia is an exposed beach and reef break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Take care of rips and rocks.

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Rob Davies from NEW ZEALAND writes:

Pines is my favourite spot on the excellent Wainui Beach. The whole beach is a wonderful surfing destination that compares with the best beach breaks in France or anywhere else and Pines is just one of several spots that tends to have a consistent peak.

Why do I like it so much? Because even though I used to live on Cooper Street, right by highly regarded Stock Route, I invariably had better sessions at Pines when I walked there and I often surfed both spots on the same day.

I don't think that makes it a better wave by any means; it's probably just a bit more forgiving than Stock Route, a slower take-off with a little less competition for waves from the local boys who have Stock Route completely wired. This is especially true during those East and North East Swells that Wainui likes so much. (The prevailing swell is from the South - nothing wrong with that direction, still can give great surf at Wainui, but East Swells seemed to me to be peakier and more hollow)

If I'm honest, on overhead hollow days at Stock Route, I wasn't up to the take-off which resulted in eating a lot of sand, whereas Pines gave me a bit more time and was a bit more forgiving. Also, a few rocky outcrops at Pines means that is usually still has a bit of shape after a big swell has hammered the banks flat at Stock Route other parts of the beach. Pines tends to provide more in the way of lefts, which is possibly why it never gets crowded. Last, Offshore NW winds at Wainui can get a bit strong at times (too much of a good thing) and Pines is the most sheltered part of the beach which makes the waves here easier to paddle in to.

Like all of this coast, cross-on Northeast sea-breezes can be a problem in summer. Some days they come up as early as 9am and build through the afternoon. Sponge Bay and Midway Beach are less affected.

Years ago, before I lived in Wainui I used to camp in the dunes at the end of the Pines car park. Probably not strictly allowed but you still see the occasional tent or van there so I guess it is tolerated as long as you are discrete. Further up the coast large areas set aside for Freedom camping - a good long-term solution if you are staying in the area for several weeks. Otherwise, there are plenty of hostels and motels around.

There has been vast improvement in the quality of the store/ take away down at Stock Route. I'm not sure hungry surfers are worthy of such gourmet food, but thanks just the same for providing the best Burgers in New Zealand. The Poverty bay Club in town is a good bet too and there is a neat little cinema next door. For your supplies the Farmer's market by the Museum has quickly grown to more than 30 stalls of high quality local produce.


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Wainui Beach - Pines:

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Closest break Wainui Beach - Schools 0 mi
Second closest break Wainui Beach - Stockroute 1 mi
Third closest break Wainui Beach - Whales 1 mi
Fourth closest break Makorori Point 2 mi
Fifth closest break Sponge bay 2 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Wainui Beach - Pines:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4145 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4207 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4459 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4521 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 4651 mi

Tide stations nearest to Wainui Beach - Pines:

Closest tide station Gisborne 4 mi
Second closest tide station Tolaga Bay (Cooks Cove) 25 mi
Third closest tide station Waikokopu 30 mi
Fourth closest tide station Wairoa River 44 mi
Fifth closest tide station Waipiro Bay 47 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Wainui Beach - Pines:

Closest ski area Tukino (New Zealand) 139 mi
Second closest ski area Whakapapa (New Zealand) 141 mi
Third closest ski area Turoa (New Zealand) 144 mi
Fourth closest ski area Manganui (New Zealand) 219 mi
Fifth closest ski area Rainbow (New Zealand) 353 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Wainui Beach - Pines:

Closest city location Gisborne (New Zealand) 6 mi
Second closest city location Napier (New Zealand) 82 mi
Third closest city location Hastings (New Zealand) 93 mi
Fourth closest city location Rotorua (New Zealand) 106 mi
Fifth closest city location Tauranga (New Zealand) 125 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Pines (Wainui Beach) is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 9 km (6 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Pines (Wainui Beach) is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 132 km (82 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 167 km (104 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 174 km (108 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Pines (Wainui Beach) and is 200 km (124 miles) away.
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