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Tawharanui Surf Guide

Tawharanui in Northland is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf Works best in offshore winds from the southwest with some shelter here from south southeast winds. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers as well as left and right hand reef breaks. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Take care of - Rocks - Sharks.

Tawharanui Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tawharanui:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Tawharanui 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 10% of the time in January while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 63% 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 Tawharanui Location Map

Interactive Tawharanui 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 Tawharanui is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 71 km (44 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tawharanui is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Tawharanui Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 March 2023, 18:05 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Tawharanui

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

Wind History at Tawharanui

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

Tawharanui Reviews:

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Based on 9 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.8
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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jose paulo-banchero from New Zealand
“A very good wave but very crowded best break is to the left of main beach if facing the water, lots of sharks, lots of people, lots of stingrays. Wave closes out over 2-3 foot.”

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