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Maori Bay break guide

Maori Bay Surf Guide

Maori Bay in West Coast Auckland is an exposed beach break that has dependable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east with some shelter here from east winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Rarely crowded here. Take care of rips, rocks and sharks.

Maori Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
18.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Maori Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Maori Bay occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Maori Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 47% of the time in March while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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 Maori Bay Location Map

Interactive Maori Bay 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 Maori Bay is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Maori Bay is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 122 km (76 miles) away.

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Maori Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 19 May 2022, 23:32 Local Time
ThuFriday 20
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on on cross-

Swell History at Maori Bay

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

Wind History at Maori Bay

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

Maori Bay Reviews:

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Based on 11 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jack from New Zealand
“This is one of the best breaks in Auckland when it fires and when the surf is 3ft+, with a good offshore, there are barrels to be had. On small days there is a nice open face on the inside runners and in the line up every set a big rouge wave comes in that is really nice to surf. When you come here please don't bring your baggage with you, this is NOT a LEARNERS spot there are big pointed rocks so if you get it wrong good luck!”

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