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Waiwakaiho ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 3.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.8

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Waiwakaiho Spot ID

evening glass, Waiwakaiho photo


Photo credit: Rod Preest

Autumn daze, Waiwakaiho photo


Photo credit: Rod Preest

Perfect Barrels at the Groyne, Waiwakaiho photo


Photo credit: Ross Raimona

Waiwakaiho photo


Photo credit: Karlos

Christmas Eve surf, Waiwakaiho photo


Photo credit: Graham B

Type: sandbar

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.1 °C

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 12:05 Local time
Wednesday 01
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 14 14 21 20
Wind (km/h) 0
SE 10
W 20
WSW 15
Wind State glass cross-
cross cross-

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Waiwakaiho in Taranaki is a fairly exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around high tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For New Plymouth, 4 km from Waiwakaiho.

IS AT (local time)

Waiwakaiho Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At New Plymouth, 6 km from Waiwakaiho.

light winds from the SSE

no report
Air temperature
16.9 °C

Current weather near Waiwakaiho

Overall Waiwakaiho Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

Surf stats for Waiwakaiho: see the swell variation by month.


Wind stats for Waiwakaiho: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Waiwakaiho Location Maps

Waiwakaiho Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Waiwakaiho:

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Wave buoys nearest to Waiwakaiho:

Tide stations nearest to Waiwakaiho:

  • Closest tide station
    New Plymouth
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Port Taranaki
    5 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Waitara River Entrance
    7 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Opunake Bay
    33 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    40 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Waiwakaiho is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Waiwakaiho is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.
  • Third is Hamilton Airport (HLZ) in New Zealand, 168 km (104 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 174 km (108 miles) away.
  • Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Waiwakaiho and is 192 km (119 miles) away.
Waiwakaiho break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Waiwakaiho, Taranaki. Use the tab navigation above to view Waiwakaiho sea temperature, Waiwakaiho photographs, Waiwakaiho detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Waiwakaiho webcams, current wind from Taranaki live weather stations and Waiwakaiho tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Waiwakaiho.