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Orewa Beach break guide

Orewa Beach Surf Guide

Orewa Beach in Auckland East Coast is a quite exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. Ideal winds are from the west. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Orewa Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Orewa Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Orewa Beach 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 Orewa Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Orewa Beach 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 3% of the time in July while 11% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 86% 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 Orewa Beach Location Map

Interactive Orewa Beach 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 Orewa Beach is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Orewa Beach is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 95 km (59 miles) away.

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Orewa Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 13:37 Local Time
Wednesday 06Thu
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 12 5
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Orewa Beach

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

Wind History at Orewa Beach

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

Orewa Beach Reviews:

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Based on 48 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s43.9
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.8
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Shaggy from New Zealand
“The wave is quite fat at all tides and only gets really good on a tropical cyclone although the odd ground swell pushes in there. there is a good little sand bar at the rivermouth that gives good long rides for longboards and short boards the etiquette here isnt very good and there a lots of beginner/intermediates out there who like to drop in but if your a vocal dude they will stay off your wave longboarders and sups tend to wave hog but sups get dropped in on left right and centre just like any other beach so if your a sup i would reccomend steering clear of the bar and finding a another bank along the beach the bar paddle out is quite long but the waves are fairly soft so shouldnt be a problem for most surfers if you cant make the drive up to futher spots like tawharanui or mangawhai this place is a good compromise
despite how the site says summer and spring are the best times its actually better during cyclone season from march to the end of autumn and winter”

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