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Daniels Reef Surf Guide

Daniels Reef in Northland is a sheltered reef break that has fairly consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. A right hand reef break. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for urchins, rips, rocks and sharks.

Daniels Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Daniels Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Daniels Reef occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Daniels Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Daniels Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 2% of the time in July while 5% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 93% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Daniels Reef surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Daniels Reef is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 71 km (44 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Daniels Reef is Auckland International Airport (AKL), also in New Zealand, 78 km (48 miles) away.

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Daniels Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 20 August 2022, 12:03 Local Time
Saturday 20
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off off

Swell History at Daniels Reef

Surf stats for Daniels Reef, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Daniels Reef

Wind stats for Daniels Reef, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Daniels Reef Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s54.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jack from New Zealand
“Fun right and left here. Short walk from the car to get to the break: a little rock hopping but nothing to nasty although I would definitely recommend it for someone who is used to reef breaks or have some mates to show them the best way in.

It's a little localized but it can be a zoo on a good day and it helps keep everyone in line give respect to get respect.

Works at all stages of the tide although its a little shallow at dead low mellow drop in with the wave standing up tall on the inside sections with fun little ramps and walls to hack. At low tide be mindful of the reef, especially when it's a little bigger as its shallow on the inside.”

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