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Waipu River Reviews and Ratings

(Northland, New Zealand)

Visitor reviews of Waipu River surf break

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Waipu River Ratings

Overall: 3.1. Based on 3 votes. Vote

Quality on a good day: 2.3

(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

Consistency of Surf: 2.3

(1: Waipu River is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

Regional Rating: 3.0

(1: Waipu River is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Northland. 5: the best break in Northland).

Difficulty Level: 2.3

(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

Onshore Wind: 3.0

(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Waipu River can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).

Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5

(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Waipu River are often excellent).

Water Quality: 3.7

(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

Crowds: 4.3

(1: Often too crowded. 5: Waipu River is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

Access: 4.0

(1: Getting to Waipu River requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

Scenery: 4.5

(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

Local Attitude: 4.0

(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

Accommodation: 2.0

(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Waipu River for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

Eating: 1.0

(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Waipu River, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).

Drinking: 3.0

(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Waipu River where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).