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Vast beach, Whangaparaoa photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NNW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.4 °C

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 14:14 Local time
Wednesday 16Thu
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
SSE 10
SW 5
Wind State cross-
on cross cross-

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Whangaparaoa in East Cape is a sheltered beach and reef break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north northwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Whangaparaoa (0 km).

IS AT (local time)

Whangaparaoa Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hicks Bay, 27 km from Whangaparaoa.

light winds from the NE

no report
Air temperature
22.2 °C

Current weather near Whangaparaoa

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 76 miles from Whangaparaoa.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.95
Dominant period (s) 8.0 - 7.4 7.4

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Overall Whangaparaoa Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Also see Whangaparaoa surf quality by season and Whangaparaoa surf quality by month.

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Whangaparaoa Location Maps

Whangaparaoa Location Map

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snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Whangaparaoa:

  • Closest ski area
    174 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    175 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    180 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    243 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    403 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Whangaparaoa:

  • Closest city location
    75 mi
  • Second closest city location
    100 mi
  • Third closest city location
    103 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    144 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    148 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Whangaparaoa is Whakatane Airport (WHK) in New Zealand, 102 km (63 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Whangaparaoa is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 121 km (75 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 159 km (99 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand is 159 km (99 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Whangaparaoa and is 211 km (131 miles) away.
Whangaparaoa break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Whangaparaoa, East Cape. Use the tab navigation above to view Whangaparaoa sea temperature, Whangaparaoa photographs, Whangaparaoa detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Whangaparaoa webcams, current wind from East Cape live weather stations and Whangaparaoa 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 Whangaparaoa.