Whakatane Heads Reviews and Ratings
(New-Zealand – Bay of Plenty)
Visitor reviews of Whakatane Heads surf break
July 11, 2010
Blades from New Zealand
Morgz you got that spot on but you forgot to mention the mako sharks around the river mouth.
Whakatane Heads Ratings
Based on 2 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 3.0
(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: 2.0
(1: Whakatane Heads is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Difficulty Level: 4.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 2.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Whakatane Heads can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Whakatane Heads are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Whakatane Heads is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Whakatane Heads 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).
Local Attitude: 1.0
(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 Whakatane Heads for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Whakatane Heads 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: Whakatane Heads is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Whakatane Heads, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Whakatane Heads where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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May 13, 2010
MORGZ from New Zealand
Whakatane Heads is the most over rated surf spot in New Zealand. Hardly ever breaks and is polluted beyond a joke.