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Waipu River ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5
Crowds: 4.3

Overall: 3.1

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Waipu River Surf Guide

Waipu River in Northland is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf Offshore winds are from the west southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. The beach break offers mainly right hand waves. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Waipu River Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waipu River:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waipu River occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Waipu River 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 40% of the time in January while 47% 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).
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 Waipu River Location Map

Interactive Waipu River 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 River is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waipu River is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 96 km (60 miles) away.

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Waipu River Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 23 April 2021, 20:28 Local Time
FriSaturday 24
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 8 8 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
WNW 10
WSW 15
WSW 15
Wind State cross-
off off off

Swell History at Waipu River

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

Wind History at Waipu River

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

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