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Mangawhai Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.8
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.7

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Mangawhai Heads break guidePhoto by: Alan Godfery

Mangawhai Heads Surf Guide

Mangawhai Heads in Northland is an exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf Works best in offshore winds from the west. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right and there is a left hand point break too. Sometimes crowded. Take care of rocks and sharks.

Mangawhai Heads Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent17.1°C

Surfing Mangawhai Heads:

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

Surf Forecasts:

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Mangawhai Heads sea temperature, Mangawhai Heads photographs, Mangawhai Heads detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Mangawhai Heads webcams, current wind from Northland live weather stations and Mangawhai Heads 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 Mangawhai Heads

Mangawhai Heads Surf:

Saturday, 6 June 2020, 10:03 Local time
Saturday 06
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 8 8 9 9
Wind (km/h) 15
WSW 20
SW 20
SW 15
Wind State cross-

Tide Times:

For Black Swamp, 5 km from Mangawhai Heads.

IS AT (local time)

Mangawhai Heads Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Maungaturoto NRC, 22 km from Mangawhai Heads.

Air temperature
- °C

Current weather near Mangawhai Heads

Buoy Data:

At Bream Bay Buoy, 14 miles from Mangawhai Heads.

  6AM 7AM 8AM 9AM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 0.5
Average period (s) 3.2 3.4 3.5 3.7

All wavebuoys around Mangawhai Heads

Overall Mangawhai Heads Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in June


Surf stats for Mangawhai Heads: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Mangawhai Heads: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Mangawhai Bar, Mangawhai Heads photo

Mangawhai Heads

Photo credit: Paul Evans

Mangawhai Bar, Mangawhai Heads photo

Mangawhai Heads

Photo credit: Alan Godfery

Mangawhai Bar, Mangawhai Heads photo

Mangawhai Heads

Photo credit: Alan Godfery

Mangawhai Heads Beach photo

Mangawhai Heads

Photo credit: Alan Godfery

Mangawhai Heads Location Maps

Mangawhai Heads Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Northland surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Mangawhai Heads

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Mangawhai Heads:

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Wave buoys nearest to Mangawhai Heads:

Tide stations nearest to Mangawhai Heads:

  • Closest tide station
    Marsden Point
    18 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    20 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Matakana River
    23 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    23 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    26 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Mangawhai Heads is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 41 km (25 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Mangawhai Heads is Auckland International Airport (AKL), also in New Zealand, 104 km (65 miles) away.
  • Third is Kerikeri Airport (KKE) in New Zealand, 110 km (68 miles) away.
  • Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand is 164 km (102 miles) away.
  • Hamilton Airport (HLZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Mangawhai Heads and is 209 km (130 miles) away.
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