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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 consistent
22.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

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:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Mangawhai Heads 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 36% of the time in January while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 13% 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 Mangawhai Heads Location Map

Interactive Mangawhai Heads 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 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.

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Mangawhai Heads Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 19:59 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Mangawhai Heads

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

Wind History at Mangawhai Heads

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

Mangawhai Heads Reviews:

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Based on 16 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.2
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jack from New Zealand
“This is one of my favourites on the east coast there are so many bank options if you want your own slice of heaven but most people come here for the rivermouth sand bar the bar can get really good and can handle a good size swell good fast barreling sections on the left and shorter more explosive waves on the right but the bar changes from year to year as the sand moves and the left and right on the bar can change massively from year to year the paddle out for the bar can be lengthy but its generally good for most intermediate to experienced riders the wave is fairly steep and packs some punch for a east coast break if you surf west coast breaks as i do like maori bay etc most of the time youll feel right at home i dont reccomend the bar for beginners as theres a lot of water moving out there and if you snap your board on a big day its quite a way back in to the sand but all of the other banks along both sides of the beach are really good for your beginner and the bar is a good milestone to reach once you begin progressing”

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