Whakatane Heads Spot ID
Photo credit: connor
Type: beach and reef
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell NNE | Wind S
Sea Temperature Today is: 14.8 °C
Whakatane Heads in Bay of Plenty is an exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the south. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north northeast. A right hand reef. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rips, rocks and obstacles.
Overall Whakatane Heads Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July
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Visitor Reviews of Whakatane Heads
“Morgz you got that spot on but you forgot to mention the mako sharks around the river mouth.”
Blades from NEW ZEALAND - 11 Jul 2010
Tide stations nearest to Whakatane Heads:
- Closest tide stationWhakatane1 mi
- Second closest tide stationMoutohora (Whale) Island5 mi
- Third closest tide stationOhope Wharf6 mi
- Fourth closest tide stationOhiwa7 mi
- Fifth closest tide stationOmaio Bay (Motunui Island)37 mi
Ski Resorts closest to Whakatane Heads:
- Closest ski areaTukino (New Zealand)119 mi
- Second closest ski areaWhakapapa (New Zealand)119 mi
- Third closest ski areaTuroa (New Zealand)124 mi
- Fourth closest ski areaManganui (New Zealand)183 mi
- Fifth closest ski areaRainbow (New Zealand)349 mi
Town and city forecasts close to Whakatane Heads:
- Closest city locationRotorua (New Zealand)44 mi
- Second closest city locationTauranga (New Zealand)48 mi
- Third closest city locationGisborne (New Zealand)73 mi
- Fourth closest city locationHamilton (New Zealand)93 mi
- Fifth closest city locationNapier (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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