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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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 Mangawhai Heads

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, NE Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 36° 5.893' S
Longitude: 174° 36.425' E

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Head North from Auckland towards Whangarei. Well sign-posted fom main high-way. About 1.5 hrs from Auckland.

English (Translate this text in English): Head North from Auckland towards Whangarei. Well sign-posted fom main high-way. About 1.5 hrs from Auckland.

English (Translate this text in English): Head North from Auckland towards Whangarei. Well sign-posted fom main high-way. About 1.5 hrs from Auckland.

English (Translate this text in English): Head North from Auckland towards Whangarei. Well sign-posted fom main high-way. About 1.5 hrs from Auckland.

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 Mangawhai

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Ordinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

The beach has a big reef to the left of the lifeguard house, a great sand-bar where the tidal estuary meets the sea, and multiple beach-break peaks.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach has a big reef to the left of the lifeguard house, a great sand-bar where the tidal estuary meets the sea, and multiple beach-break peaks.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach has a big reef to the left of the lifeguard house, a great sand-bar where the tidal estuary meets the sea, and multiple beach-break peaks.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach has a big reef to the left of the lifeguard house, a great sand-bar where the tidal estuary meets the sea, and multiple beach-break peaks.

Atmosphere

A great place to surf when there's some swell. Especially great when there's a tropical cyclone swell.

English (Translate this text in English): A great place to surf when there's some swell. Especially great when there's a tropical cyclone swell.

English (Translate this text in English): A great place to surf when there's some swell. Especially great when there's a tropical cyclone swell.

English (Translate this text in English): A great place to surf when there's some swell. Especially great when there's a tropical cyclone swell.

General

The beach is good when there is easterly winds.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach is good when there is easterly winds.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach is good when there is easterly winds.

English (Translate this text in English): The beach is good when there is easterly winds.

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By Bionic Chronic , 22-11-2005

- epic break, best in north island..watch out for dodgy locals thou..especially wjo think they are world class..There is one in particular a little learner who goes by name of ai who is a complete kook, but thinks he owns the place.

By shotgunsteele@yahoo.com , 01-08-2005

Finally. Heaven. - 3 formally sun starved english boys arrived in Mangawhai only a few days off the plane into Auckland in early January. Remember the shocking weather you guys had throughout December? Well the day we made it to Mangawhai Heads the clouds were blasted from the sky and the sun.. well she blazed. After dodging the suicidal mynah birds on the road up we arrived at about 830pm. My first view of the glorious Pacific. Ever. I sat on the chalky rock and gazed at her for at least an hour as my boys busied themselves preparing food out the back of our Econovan. The surf was flat but the place echoed with potential. After three months and covering nearly every kilometer of coast on both Islands it was time to return to the drizzle of Old Blighty. Not before we returned to Mangawhai though, and this time it was going off. I had surfed better waves during my three month tenure but nowhere bestowed such feelings of completion as Mangawhai did. That night, after scrambling to the end of the rocky groin in total darkness, we sat and let the incoming tide wash over our legs, swearing to never forget this place. Swearing to return.Thank you Mangawhai, thank you NZ.

By cambeezy , 27-05-2005

siiiiiick - went her on the over the christmas holidays and got 3 insane days of surf. the first big waves barreling spitting both ways and me a few mates almost drowned haha and 1 got washed up on the rocks, the other 2 days were just sick.

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