Whakatane Heads Spot ID
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Type: beach and reef
Reliability: fairly consistent
Best: Swell NNE | Wind S
Sea Temperature Today is: 14.3 °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 August
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Visitor Reviews of Whakatane Heads
I was disappointed to read this comment (“Whakatane Heads is the most over rated surf spot in New Zealand. Hardly ever breaks and is polluted beyond a joke.”
MORGZ from NEW ZEALAND - 13 May 2010) especially the bit where it is polluted beyond a joke! Our river and bar entrance is not polluted at all, the water clarity is great. However, if we have a significant rain fall or flood then the river is dirty only because of that factor - then it clears within a few days depending on the severity of the flood. This happens worldwide - any flooding creates a dirty river or sea but it does not mean it is polluted. The duty maritime officer is always picking up any debris that has come down in the floods in our river entrance and around the moorings.
Raewyn from NEW ZEALAND - 12 Jul 2016
- 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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