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Whangara ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 5.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.7

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Whangara Spot ID

Solitude - Whangara photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

Long Walk from Pouawa, Whangara photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.0 °C

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Friday, 26 April 2019, 14:04 Local time
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Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 8 9 8 8
Wind (km/h) 10
SE 5
N 5
Wind State on cross cross-

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Whangara in Gisborne is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Pouawa Beach, 8 km from Whangara.

IS AT (local time)

Whangara Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Gisborne-West, 21 km from Whangara.


Air temperature
24.9 °C

Current weather near Whangara

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 106 miles from Whangara.

  9AM 10AM 11AM 12PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.69
Dominant period (s) 8.3 8.0 8.3 8.3

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Overall Whangara Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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Whangara Location Maps

Whangara Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Whangara:

  • Closest ski area
    147 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    150 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    153 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    227 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    363 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Whangara:

  • Closest city location
    14 mi
  • Second closest city location
    92 mi
  • Third closest city location
    103 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    111 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    127 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Whangara is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Whangara is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 135 km (84 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 174 km (108 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 186 km (116 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Whangara and is 204 km (127 miles) away.
Whangara break location map and break info

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