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Waitarere ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.4
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.3
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Waitarere Surf Guide

Waitarere in Wanganui-Manawatu is a fairly exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Waitarere Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waitarere:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waitarere occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Waitarere with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in August while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% 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).

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Interactive Waitarere 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 Waitarere is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waitarere is Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand, 44 km (27 miles) away.

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Waitarere Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 06:28 Local Time
Wednesday 19
Wave (m) 3.5
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 35
WNW 35
WNW 30
WNW 35
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Swell History at Waitarere

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

Wind History at Waitarere

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

Waitarere Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.3
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Russel Hanson from New Zealand
“I grew up in Levin and Waitarere was where I learned to surf, with a bunch of schoolmates. Great times, but the surf is inconsistent and Offshores are virtually unknown. Early in the morning is best before the breeze gets up, nice glassy conditions.

The beach is great though, long and uncrowded with driftwood and a nice cafe.”

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