My Surf

  • My Profile
  • My Travel Map
  • My Surfed Spots
  • My Sessions
  • My Trips
  • My Pictures
  • My Messages
  • My Blog
  • Add new blog

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

Surf spot atlas made by surfers for surfers
Enjoy and contribute!

 Whananaki rivermouth

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, NE Coast

Other places:

GPS coordinates not set ! Edit this page and use the map selector to add the surf spot GPS location !

User rating (6)


  • Favourite
  • Your favourites and future surf spot lists

    Add surf spots to your profile

 Access

Best access is turn east off State Highway 1 about 5kms north of Hikirangi. sealed road approx 16 kms to Whananaki NORTH village. Take gravel drive runs along side river to wharf, best vantage spot, accessible only low to half tide otherwise stuck on wharf till lower tide.
This spot is world class, long left, needs big NE or SE swell with NE-W wind. Rarely breaks but when it does it's amazing, but crowded when swell arrives.

English (Translate this text in English): Best access is turn east off State Highway 1 about 5kms north of Hikirangi. sealed road approx 16 kms to Whananaki NORTH village. Take gravel drive runs along side river to wharf, best vantage spot, accessible only low to half tide otherwise stuck on wharf till lower tide.
This spot is world class, long left, needs big NE or SE swell with NE-W wind. Rarely breaks but when it does it's amazing, but crowded when swell arrives.

English (Translate this text in English): Best access is turn east off State Highway 1 about 5kms north of Hikirangi. sealed road approx 16 kms to Whananaki NORTH village. Take gravel drive runs along side river to wharf, best vantage spot, accessible only low to half tide otherwise stuck on wharf till lower tide.
This spot is world class, long left, needs big NE or SE swell with NE-W wind. Rarely breaks but when it does it's amazing, but crowded when swell arrives.

English (Translate this text in English): Best access is turn east off State Highway 1 about 5kms north of Hikirangi. sealed road approx 16 kms to Whananaki NORTH village. Take gravel drive runs along side river to wharf, best vantage spot, accessible only low to half tide otherwise stuck on wharf till lower tide.
This spot is world class, long left, needs big NE or SE swell with NE-W wind. Rarely breaks but when it does it's amazing, but crowded when swell arrives.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Naki

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, East

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West

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

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

Webcam url 

Dangers

- Localism

 Additional Information

The bar is a left-hander that is fast and best surfed on low incoming tide.The swell has to pretty big to have the power to get it working because of the large headland.

English (Translate this text in English): The bar is a left-hander that is fast and best surfed on low incoming tide.The swell has to pretty big to have the power to get it working because of the large headland.

English (Translate this text in English): The bar is a left-hander that is fast and best surfed on low incoming tide.The swell has to pretty big to have the power to get it working because of the large headland.

English (Translate this text in English): The bar is a left-hander that is fast and best surfed on low incoming tide.The swell has to pretty big to have the power to get it working because of the large headland.

Atmosphere

Whananaki is quite seaside town with good fishing. VERY QUITE.

English (Translate this text in English): Whananaki is quite seaside town with good fishing. VERY QUITE.

English (Translate this text in English): Whananaki is quite seaside town with good fishing. VERY QUITE.

English (Translate this text in English): Whananaki is quite seaside town with good fishing. VERY QUITE.

General

good fast fun wave with room for some big turns.

English (Translate this text in English): good fast fun wave with room for some big turns.

English (Translate this text in English): good fast fun wave with room for some big turns.

English (Translate this text in English): good fast fun wave with room for some big turns.

Local professional? Add your surf business

Business directory

  • Show all (0)...
  • surf tours (0)
  • surf shops and shapers (0)
  • surf schools (0)
  • sleep & eat (0)
  • rent a car, others (0)

 Videos

Show all (0)...

No video available

 Last surf sessions

Add a surf session

Show all (0)...

No surf session

 Last surf trips

Add trip

Show all (0)...

No surf trip

 Comments

Add comment

Show all (11)...

By Anonymous , 12-02-2010

careful - The rips here are really full on. Very tidal. Experienced surfers only.

By Anonymous , 06-08-2009

Go somewhere else - There are lots of sharks, rips and sea urchins in this spot. Locals hate to see new faces in the line-up. If you don't live in this area, try Sandy Bay. There is great surf at Sandy's and it's safer too. I have to say: this is trully a locals-only spot. Stay away and good luck.

By Dave and Brian were there , 25-08-2005

stuck in 82' - Ilived in NZ in 82'. Surfed Sandy Bay mostly. Used to see big swells out of the south smacking Whananaki. Should have walked the coast. Went there once, it was 1 foot and perfect. You guys in NZ, ecspecially northland, have it made. Now I surf el cap in California.

Errors, Feedback

You can edit this page to correct errors or add new information. If you have any problems regarding this page, Send us feedback.

Advertise

On the Go!

Wannasurf.com on your mobile

RSS All the RSS feeds of Wannasurf.com

Newsletter All news by email

Friends of Wannasurf

Wannasurf Online Shop