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Whananaki bar Surf Guide

Whananaki bar in Northland is a sheltered point break that has reasonably consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east southeast.The waves is a point break that peels left. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Whananaki bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Whananaki bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Whananaki bar occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Whananaki bar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in July while 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 87% 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 Whananaki bar Location Map

Interactive Whananaki bar 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 Whananaki bar is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Whananaki bar is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 59 km (37 miles) away.

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Whananaki bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 7 October 2022, 03:17 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 4 8
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Whananaki bar

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

Wind History at Whananaki bar

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

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