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Whangara break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Whangara Surf Guide

Whangara in Gisborne is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

Whangara Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Whangara:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Whangara 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 29% of the time in August while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% 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 Whangara Location Map

Interactive Whangara 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 Whangara is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Whangara is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 135 km (84 miles) away.

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Whangara Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 23 May 2022, 13:27 Local Time
Monday 23Tue
Wave (m)
Period (s) - 10 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross-
off off

Swell History at Whangara

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

Wind History at Whangara

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

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