Waitara Bar Reviews and Ratings
(New-Zealand – Taranaki)
Visitor reviews of Waitara Bar surf break
May 28, 2011
Tom Pilkinton from New Zealand
Waitara is a sick spot that offers left and right bar reef but mostly bar breaks at high and low tides. If your not from Waitara or know the locals good luck getting a wave on a good day and don't be surprised if you get asked to leave the water :)
Waitara Bar Ratings
Based on 3 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 3.7
(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: 3.7
(1: Waitara Bar is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 5.0
(1: Waitara Bar is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in New-Zealand - Taranaki. 5: the best break in New-Zealand - Taranaki).
Difficulty Level: 5.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 5.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Waitara Bar can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 5.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Waitara Bar, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Waitara Bar are often excellent).
Water Quality: 4.3
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Waitara Bar is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Waitara Bar 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).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 3.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Waitara Bar for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Waitara Bar is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Waitara Bar is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 5.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Waitara Bar, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Waitara Bar where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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