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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.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Naki
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
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
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.
Whananaki is quite seaside town with good fishing. VERY QUITE.
good fast fun wave with room for some big turns.
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.
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