Whakatane Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

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Whakatane Heads Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)

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Whakatane Heads Spot ID:

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NNE | Wind S

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.1 °C

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Sunday, 29 March 2015, 22:22 Local time

Sun Monday 30
10PM 1AM 4AM 7AM
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 10 5 5 5
Wind (km/h) 30
W 25
W 25
W 20
Wind State cross cross cross cross

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Whakatane Heads in Bay of Plenty is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the south. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the north northeast. A reef breaks right. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for rips, rocks and obstacles.

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For Whakatane, New Zealand, 1 km from Whakatane Heads.

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Live Weather:

At Whakatane, 8 km from Whakatane Heads.

light winds from the W

Air temperature
18 °C

Current weather near Whakatane Heads

Overall Whakatane Heads Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Visitor Reviews of Whakatane Heads

Blades from NEW ZEALAND writes:

Morgz you got that spot on but you forgot to mention the mako sharks around the river mouth.


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Whakatane Heads:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Ohope Beach 3 mi
Second closest break Ohiwa-Port Ohope 9 mi
Third closest break Matata 14 mi
Fourth closest break Torere Beach 27 mi
Fifth closest break Hawai River 29 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Whakatane Heads:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4127 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4185 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4433 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4494 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 4634 mi

Tide stations nearest to Whakatane Heads:

Closest tide station Whakatane 1 mi
Second closest tide station Moutohora (Whale) Island 5 mi
Third closest tide station Ohope Wharf 6 mi
Fourth closest tide station Ohiwa 7 mi
Fifth closest tide station Omaio Bay (Motunui Island) 37 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Whakatane Heads:

Closest ski area Tukino (New Zealand) 119 mi
Second closest ski area Whakapapa (New Zealand) 119 mi
Third closest ski area Turoa (New Zealand) 124 mi
Fourth closest ski area Manganui (New Zealand) 183 mi
Fifth closest ski area Rainbow (New Zealand) 349 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Whakatane Heads:

Closest city location Rotorua (New Zealand) 44 mi
Second closest city location Tauranga (New Zealand) 48 mi
Third closest city location Gisborne (New Zealand) 73 mi
Fourth closest city location Hamilton (New Zealand) 93 mi
Fifth closest city location Napier (New Zealand) 108 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Whakatane Heads is Whakatane Airport (WHK) in New Zealand, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Whakatane Heads is Rotorua Airport (ROT), also in New Zealand, 63 km (39 miles) away.
  • Third is Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand, 77 km (48 miles) away.
  • Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand is 117 km (73 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Whakatane Heads and is 119 km (74 miles) away.
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