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Waipu Cove break guidePhoto by: Peter Crowley

Waipu Cove Surf Guide

Waipu Cove in Northland is an exposed beach break that has reliable surf Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of .

Waipu Cove Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waipu Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waipu Cove 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 Waipu Cove (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Waipu Cove 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 42% of the time in January while 45% 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).
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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 Waipu Cove Location Map

Interactive Waipu Cove 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 Waipu Cove is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waipu Cove is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 101 km (63 miles) away.

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Waipu Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 4 July 2022, 14:35 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
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Swell History at Waipu Cove

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

Wind History at Waipu Cove

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

Waipu Cove Reviews:

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Based on 16 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Evan Nos from New Zealand
“Waipu is a good surf spot and is not very crowded. it gets very good surf when the conditions are right.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    Reliability: consistent
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