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Mahanga Point break guidePhoto by: Maz Gregory

Mahanga Point Surf Guide

Mahanga Point in Mahia is a fairly exposed point break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the west. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast.There is a left hand point break here. Sometimes crowded. It can even get crowded enough to be dangerous.

Mahanga Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mahanga Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mahanga Point occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Mahanga Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in January while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% 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).

Explore Mahanga Point Location Map

Interactive Mahanga Point 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 Mahanga Point is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 40 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mahanga Point is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 149 km (93 miles) away.

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Mahanga Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 21:12 Local Time
WedThursday 19
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Mahanga Point

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

Wind History at Mahanga Point

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

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