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West of Wairoa, Waihua photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

Northside Waihua access photo


Photo credit: Gary Kemsley

Tiny south swell, Waihua photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.2 °C

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 16:21 Local time
Wednesday 16Thu
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h) 10
S 15
S 15
SSW 20
Wind State cross-

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Waihua in Hawkes Bay is an exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest with some shelter here from north winds. Easily blown out by an onshore breeze Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south. Prevailing left breaking waves at the beach break. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown. Watch out for dangerous rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Mohaka River Mouth, 9 km from Waihua.

IS AT (local time)

Waihua Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wairoa North Hawkes Bay wx, 13 km from Waihua.

wind obs. (12.2 kph from 255 degs) was rejected

Air temperature
20.6 °C

Current weather near Waihua

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 103 miles from Waihua.

  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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Overall Waihua Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

This picture describes the range of swells directed at Waihua through a typical January... (show all text)

The figure shows how commonly and how strongly the wind blows from different directions... (show all text)

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Town and city forecasts close to Waihua:

  • Closest city location
    33 mi
  • Second closest city location
    44 mi
  • Third closest city location
    48 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    87 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    115 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Waihua is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 77 km (48 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Waihua is Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand, 111 km (69 miles) away.
  • Third is Whakatane Airport (WHK) in New Zealand, 134 km (83 miles) away.
  • Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand is 138 km (86 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Waihua and is 185 km (115 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Waihua, Hawkes Bay. Use the tab navigation above to view Waihua sea temperature, Waihua photographs, Waihua detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Waihua webcams, current wind from Hawkes Bay live weather stations and Waihua 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 Waihua.