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Whangaparaoa Surf Guide

Whangaparaoa in East Cape is a sheltered beach and reef break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown.

Whangaparaoa Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Whangaparaoa:

The best conditions reported for surf at Whangaparaoa occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Whangaparaoa with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in March while 4% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 95% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
1%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
4%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
95%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Whangaparaoa Location Map

Interactive Whangaparaoa 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 Whangaparaoa is Whakatane Airport (WHK) in New Zealand, 102 km (63 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Whangaparaoa is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 121 km (75 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Whangaparaoa Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 07:45 Local Time
Tuesday 11
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 1.0
NNW
1.2
NNW
1.4
NNW
1.6
NNW
Period (s) 5 5 6 6
Wind (km/h) 20
NW 25
NW 30
NW 25
NW
Wind State on on on on

Swell History at Whangaparaoa

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

Wind History at Whangaparaoa

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Whangaparaoa. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    27km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: very consistent
    28km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    Reliability: very consistent
    29km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Whangaparaoa: