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Takapuna-North Reef break guidePhoto by: Max Wilson

Takapuna-North Reef Surf Guide

Takapuna-North Reef in Auckland East Coast is a sheltered beach break that has inconsistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. The best wind direction is from the west. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around high tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of locals and pollution.

Takapuna-North Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Takapuna-North Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Takapuna-North Reef 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 Takapuna-North Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Takapuna-North Reef 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 1% of the time in July while 6% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 93% 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).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Takapuna-North Reef Location Map

Interactive Takapuna-North Reef 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 Takapuna-North Reef is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Takapuna-North Reef is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 113 km (70 miles) away.

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Takapuna-North Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 5 June 2023, 02:56 Local Time
Monday 05
Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 7 6 6
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Takapuna-North Reef

Surf stats for Takapuna-North Reef, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Takapuna-North Reef

Wind stats for Takapuna-North Reef, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Takapuna-North Reef Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Franco LeRoga from New Zealand
“Can get very good barrels but lots of sharks and locals can be very hostile. The barrels are very good and easy to paddle into. You can get barrelled very easily but locals will yell at you so bring earmuffs, also the sewage in the water can be annoying. All in all it will give pipeline a run for its money but be prepared to have abuse hurled at you for simply looking at the beach. Not many great whites but hammerheads and bronze whaler galore, great whites more common at south end of beach though still fairly rare. I have gotten very sick from the water. These photos don't really show the scale of the epicness that can be found at Takapuna though, as it is truly world class on anything over 1m with offshore winds.”

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