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Head towards Waihi beach (8km east of Waihi). Turn right at the roundabout as you come into Waihi beach (it's signposted as "Bowentown"). Drive straight all the way for about 7km and you'll get to a camping ground by the headland. Drive down the camping ground access. You can park your car here and walk over to the beach. If the bar's working you'll see it breaking to your right quite far out. Paddle out!
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
Don't surf it on an outgoing tide, or you may find yourself half-way out to sea. Because it's close to a large estuary there are a lot of rips.
I haven't actually surfed it yet, but I've checked it out and seen it breaking about 200 metres offshore. It was peeling right for quite a way and looked fairly fast and gnarly. The paddle out looks like quite a mission, 'cause you have to paddle out through the beach break first. Unless of course you can find a channel.
The time I checked it out, the wind was a little sideways. I think with a decent clean swell and the right wind, this place would really be going off.
By Anonymous , 06-09-2010
Its all good - the locals arnt that bad, aint a place for learners, strong paddeling is required, but worth it, just pays to know what your up to in the water, and be nice, most guys are friendly, around 15 chaps on a good day, during the week day 9-5 no one in lineup
By anonymous , 18-02-2006
Gnarly - Surfed out there!! Gnarly!!! Sharks! strong current!!! Heavey shallow waves!!! Gaurded by the locals which aren't to be messed with!! Dont go if you value your life thats all i can say!!
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