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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

Overall: 2.2

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Whakatane Heads Spot ID

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Whakatane Heads

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NNE | Wind S

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.4 °C

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Friday, 27 November 2015, 17:36 Local time
Friday 27Sat
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 9 4 5 5
Wind (km/h) 30
N 35
NNW 35
NNW 40
Wind State on on cross-

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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.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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

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Whakatane Heads Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Whakatane, 8 km from Whakatane Heads.

moderate winds from the N

Air temperature
21 °C

Current weather near Whakatane Heads

Overall Whakatane Heads Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in November

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Whakatane Heads Location Maps

Whakatane Heads Location Map

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Wave buoys nearest to Whakatane Heads:

Tide stations nearest to Whakatane Heads:

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

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
city weather forecast website

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.
Whakatane Heads break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Whakatane Heads, Bay of Plenty. Use the tab navigation above to view Whakatane Heads sea temperature, Whakatane Heads photographs, Whakatane Heads detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Whakatane Heads webcams, current wind from Bay of Plenty live weather stations and Whakatane Heads tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Whakatane Heads.