Shark Alley Spot ID
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell NE | Wind SW
Sea Temperature Today is: 19.3 °C
Shark Alley in Great Barrier Island is a quite exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and there is right hand reef break too.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rips, sharks.
Overall Shark Alley Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January
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Visitor Reviews of Shark Alley
“The setup reminds me of a shallow version of Boneyards at Kiama in NSW. As the break faces North it is sheltered and very surfable in a SE wind. Watch your fins on the shallow boulders that poke up to the surface on the inside. A quality boulder reef setup that likes a solid 5ft+ of swell to show its true colours.”
Moggy from AUSTRALIA - 21 May 2010
- The closest passenger airport to Shark Alley is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 104 km (65 miles) away (directly).
- The second nearest airport to Shark Alley is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 117 km (73 miles) away.
- Third is Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand, 168 km (104 miles) away.
- Hamilton Airport (HLZ) in New Zealand is 178 km (111 miles) away.
- Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Shark Alley and is 182 km (113 miles) away.
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