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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Whangamata Estuary

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, Coromandel

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 37° 12.192' S
Longitude: 175° 52.818' E

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 Access

Follow ocean road till you get to the end and then park in the parking lot and go paddle out.

English (Translate this text in English): Follow ocean road till you get to the end and then park in the parking lot and go paddle out.

English (Translate this text in English): Follow ocean road till you get to the end and then park in the parking lot and go paddle out.

English (Translate this text in English): Follow ocean road till you get to the end and then park in the parking lot and go paddle out.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Whanga Estuary / The Estuary

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

This spot can be a very good pointbreak, it all depends on the sand bank and the swell/wind directions. Can be just as good as Makorori or Currumbin Alley in the goldie.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot can be a very good pointbreak, it all depends on the sand bank and the swell/wind directions. Can be just as good as Makorori or Currumbin Alley in the goldie.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot can be a very good pointbreak, it all depends on the sand bank and the swell/wind directions. Can be just as good as Makorori or Currumbin Alley in the goldie.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot can be a very good pointbreak, it all depends on the sand bank and the swell/wind directions. Can be just as good as Makorori or Currumbin Alley in the goldie.

Atmosphere

I went there for a look one day on a cyclone swell early 2005 and it was cranking solid 6ft hollow pits and crazy wipeouts. This spot is definitely up there when it's on. I surf it regularly now.

English (Translate this text in English): I went there for a look one day on a cyclone swell early 2005 and it was cranking solid 6ft hollow pits and crazy wipeouts. This spot is definitely up there when it's on. I surf it regularly now.

English (Translate this text in English): I went there for a look one day on a cyclone swell early 2005 and it was cranking solid 6ft hollow pits and crazy wipeouts. This spot is definitely up there when it's on. I surf it regularly now.

English (Translate this text in English): I went there for a look one day on a cyclone swell early 2005 and it was cranking solid 6ft hollow pits and crazy wipeouts. This spot is definitely up there when it's on. I surf it regularly now.

General

The spot is moderately localised but if you respect them you shall be fine out there and will have your share of waves.

English (Translate this text in English): The spot is moderately localised but if you respect them you shall be fine out there and will have your share of waves.

English (Translate this text in English): The spot is moderately localised but if you respect them you shall be fine out there and will have your share of waves.

English (Translate this text in English): The spot is moderately localised but if you respect them you shall be fine out there and will have your share of waves.

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By anonymous , 01-02-2006

naa - um well im not talkin bout the bar the bar is great but if u r a natural footed surfer and look for a sheltered spot go 2 the other end of the beach.its usually a foot smaller so it oly gets going on bigg swells but is worth a look.ive seen maz quinn get some sick pits here along with luke ederman,jay,and DK

By anonymous , 01-02-2006

Same call - You jokin?! I've got a place at that end of town and the estuary pumps a RH at 1-1.5 foot with offshores. Mals only, and I have had some great Mal sessions there. Everything else closes out or is pus. 30 years ago it did have some form, but the whole back beach has been full of sand for at least 10 years and six foot breaks 300m out.

By anonymous , 31-01-2006

- Whoever wrote that comment has no idea, im stoked u think its the bar lamo. Go join the other hundred people out at the bar while those in the know score. Not gonna say anything more bout this break as it shouldnt even be on this site in my opinion, the massess can have the beach and bar, somethings should be left for those who are willing to search and arent blatant sheep following the crowd.

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