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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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 Cape Reinga

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, NW Coast

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Okay, I've hit this spot four times now, it's been pretty nice (nothing world-class, but pretty sweet for a secret spot this beautiful country has to offer). My first time coming up the Cape was just to check out what's up here - and there's not much... cool scenery tho. I trekked all over the western/northern side of it - how I came to see these fairly nice looking waves. To get to the directions, take SH1 clear the hell up into the hills til you can't go any farther. Park off the side of the road or over in the bush... its kinda a bitch to walk, but still worth it if you want to be all by yourself on some nice rides. When you're walking northwest from the road area (about a 20 min walk/1-2km) you'll go over a hill, then all downsloping from there to the water. You'll be able to see the actual cape to your right off in the distance and a little small island off the rocks to your left. Everytime but one at midtide when I was there, the kickass swells were right in the middle of the two @ midtide. There are a few (3-4) buildings up in the hills, but never seen anyone there. Just prepare for a nice walk back up the hill to your car! :)

English (Translate this text in English): Okay, I've hit this spot four times now, it's been pretty nice (nothing world-class, but pretty sweet for a secret spot this beautiful country has to offer). My first time coming up the Cape was just to check out what's up here - and there's not much... cool scenery tho. I trekked all over the western/northern side of it - how I came to see these fairly nice looking waves. To get to the directions, take SH1 clear the hell up into the hills til you can't go any farther. Park off the side of the road or over in the bush... its kinda a bitch to walk, but still worth it if you want to be all by yourself on some nice rides. When you're walking northwest from the road area (about a 20 min walk/1-2km) you'll go over a hill, then all downsloping from there to the water. You'll be able to see the actual cape to your right off in the distance and a little small island off the rocks to your left. Everytime but one at midtide when I was there, the kickass swells were right in the middle of the two @ midtide. There are a few (3-4) buildings up in the hills, but never seen anyone there. Just prepare for a nice walk back up the hill to your car! :)

English (Translate this text in English): Okay, I've hit this spot four times now, it's been pretty nice (nothing world-class, but pretty sweet for a secret spot this beautiful country has to offer). My first time coming up the Cape was just to check out what's up here - and there's not much... cool scenery tho. I trekked all over the western/northern side of it - how I came to see these fairly nice looking waves. To get to the directions, take SH1 clear the hell up into the hills til you can't go any farther. Park off the side of the road or over in the bush... its kinda a bitch to walk, but still worth it if you want to be all by yourself on some nice rides. When you're walking northwest from the road area (about a 20 min walk/1-2km) you'll go over a hill, then all downsloping from there to the water. You'll be able to see the actual cape to your right off in the distance and a little small island off the rocks to your left. Everytime but one at midtide when I was there, the kickass swells were right in the middle of the two @ midtide. There are a few (3-4) buildings up in the hills, but never seen anyone there. Just prepare for a nice walk back up the hill to your car! :)

English (Translate this text in English): Okay, I've hit this spot four times now, it's been pretty nice (nothing world-class, but pretty sweet for a secret spot this beautiful country has to offer). My first time coming up the Cape was just to check out what's up here - and there's not much... cool scenery tho. I trekked all over the western/northern side of it - how I came to see these fairly nice looking waves. To get to the directions, take SH1 clear the hell up into the hills til you can't go any farther. Park off the side of the road or over in the bush... its kinda a bitch to walk, but still worth it if you want to be all by yourself on some nice rides. When you're walking northwest from the road area (about a 20 min walk/1-2km) you'll go over a hill, then all downsloping from there to the water. You'll be able to see the actual cape to your right off in the distance and a little small island off the rocks to your left. Everytime but one at midtide when I was there, the kickass swells were right in the middle of the two @ midtide. There are a few (3-4) buildings up in the hills, but never seen anyone there. Just prepare for a nice walk back up the hill to your car! :)

DistanceDay trip

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Capes

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerPowerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind directionNorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Just overall, don't be a dumbass like I was the first time I got some nice waves down there. I surfed til about 5 min til sunset with my brother - by the time it was ready to start back up the trail to the car it was PITCH BLACK DARK!!

English (Translate this text in English): Just overall, don't be a dumbass like I was the first time I got some nice waves down there. I surfed til about 5 min til sunset with my brother - by the time it was ready to start back up the trail to the car it was PITCH BLACK DARK!!

English (Translate this text in English): Just overall, don't be a dumbass like I was the first time I got some nice waves down there. I surfed til about 5 min til sunset with my brother - by the time it was ready to start back up the trail to the car it was PITCH BLACK DARK!!

English (Translate this text in English): Just overall, don't be a dumbass like I was the first time I got some nice waves down there. I surfed til about 5 min til sunset with my brother - by the time it was ready to start back up the trail to the car it was PITCH BLACK DARK!!

Atmosphere

Atmosphere? There is none, you bring it! And it's great! One spot people want to keep all hush hush secret or whatever - but fuck that there isn't even anyone there.... SHARE IT!

English (Translate this text in English): Atmosphere? There is none, you bring it! And it's great! One spot people want to keep all hush hush secret or whatever - but fuck that there isn't even anyone there.... SHARE IT!

English (Translate this text in English): Atmosphere? There is none, you bring it! And it's great! One spot people want to keep all hush hush secret or whatever - but fuck that there isn't even anyone there.... SHARE IT!

English (Translate this text in English): Atmosphere? There is none, you bring it! And it's great! One spot people want to keep all hush hush secret or whatever - but fuck that there isn't even anyone there.... SHARE IT!

General

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO - A FUN ONE!!!

English (Translate this text in English): WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO - A FUN ONE!!!

English (Translate this text in English): WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO - A FUN ONE!!!

English (Translate this text in English): WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO - A FUN ONE!!!

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By Josheh , 06-12-2006

Hmmm - I agree, its a pretty eiree spot to surf in, i heard about that maori spirit thing, that freaks me out. some1 grab a few pics would they??strangely when i was up there i didnt see 1 shark (did the maori spirits get em?) hmmm, but every local i asked "whooah watch out for the sharks" so maybe i was lucky

By ghynes@nildram.co.uk , 07-08-2004

Nice surf - Nice Surf, Great Sunset, Awesome View, what more can I say, it is eerie though.What are White Pointers

By anonymous , 29-06-2004

Dude - Rather you than me....the Cape is the departing point for Maori spirits and is quite eerie...plus there's plenty of White Pointers up there!

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