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Waiapu River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Surf Shack, Waiapu River photo

Waiapu River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: river

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.5 °C

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 16:46 Local time
Wednesday 16Thu
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 20
SSE 20
SSW 20
SW 20
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

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Waiapu River in East Cape is an exposed river break that has dependable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Able to handle light onshore wind Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The river breaks consists of lefts. Crowds are never a problem here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Waiapu River (0 km).

IS AT (local time)

Waiapu River Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hicks Bay, 30 km from Waiapu River.

light winds from the W

Air temperature
17.4 °C

Current weather near Waiapu River

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 103 miles from Waiapu River.

  10AM 11AM 12PM 1PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.98
Dominant period (s) 7.4 7.4 8.3 8.7

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Waiapu River Location Maps

Waiapu River Location Map

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snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Waiapu River:

  • Closest ski area
    186 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    188 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    192 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    260 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    411 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Waiapu River:

  • Closest city location
    67 mi
  • Second closest city location
    124 mi
  • Third closest city location
    127 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    145 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    156 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Waiapu River is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, which is 108 km (67 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Waiapu River is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 139 km (86 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Rotorua Airport (ROT), also in New Zealand, 193 km (120 miles) away.
Waiapu River break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Waiapu River, East Cape. Use the tab navigation above to view Waiapu River sea temperature, Waiapu River photographs, Waiapu River detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Waiapu River webcams, current wind from East Cape live weather stations and Waiapu River tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Waiapu River.