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Located SE of Martinborough, a small township known for its quality pinot noir red wines. The journey is a little rough, particularly once you reach White Rock, and a four wheel drive is definitely an advantage. Once at White Rock, to get to the Spit you drive south until reach a steep gravel road. The Spit should be directly out in front. To drive further around to Seconds you really need a good four wheel drive. (See the picture below which highlights the steep gravel road. If your vehicle is not adequate, don't worry the walk is not too long and the waves are worth it.
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Private access
Alternative name seconds
Wave qualityWorld Class
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
There is a hunters cabin lodged up the hill looking over Seconds. Don't expect to be the only one looking to spend the night there. The cabin provides good relief from the cold surf. There is no shop at White Rock so take food, drink etc with you.
By Lock Up Your Daughters , 23 Apr
Reason with me... - A few little truths:
1. Yes the Spit Right pumps, but if your lucky, three times a year, so it is not worth all the hype.
2. Surfing in this part of the world is about the entire region. Drop Waireka, Propellers, Breakers, Wainui, Ferry, and Freight Trains into the mix and you have enough variety to dream of being a surfer living in the lower North Island coping with surfing twice a week at best (averaged over an entire year).
3. White Rock's value is in the geography not the quality of the surf. Dolphin Bay and Seconds are only a 6.0/10, Spit Left being a little better 6.5/10, and while Spit Right fetches approximately an 8.5/10 (so just squeaks into being world class) it only lines up properly one or two, possibly three times a year, other than those days it is no better than anywhere else. And being so inconsistent can't really be considered a world class destination.
4. So in conclusion, like the north side of Mahia, unless you have a good year the East Coast inconsistent gem none as 'Spit Right' is not more than a novelty wave that comes to life once in a blue moon. But when it does, with that landscape...
5. Final word: Wellington surfers for the most part are a bunch of semi-weirdo's. Lots of talking up and sledging in forums etc and nothing much in behind it all. Give me a session at Stent with guys that are serious but actually charging any day.
By Anonymous , 06-09-2010
Primo Spot - if you are very lucky - Since I first came out in the seventies I've caught it on maybe twenty times, far less at the Spit than seconds.
Like every other spot if the wind and swell are right it gets very good indeed, but because of the drop off straight down to the trench it's got Indo style punch.
Basically though, reading through all this rubbish from wankers who think they are locals makes it pretty obvious there's something special out there, but actually catching it on is a real mission that takes quite a bit of local knowledge and some large amount of luck.
If it's obvious, there's surfers from Gisborne to Taranaki out there, it's no secret, and no wonder the landowner restricted access; people were shitting everywhere and breaking his fences, shooting his stock and so on.
There's few real locals apart from the seals and the sharks. I've surfed the coast for years and never seen sharks, but seen plenty of seals, which are shark tucker.
The Wairarapa guys may claim to be locals but mostly they are from somewhere else too, typically though there is a white trash element that acts tough and seems intimidating. It's not my job to suggest they grow up, but surfers can be so much better. Go steal a Harley and grow a silly beard, fat boy!
Anyway, I have some fond memories of learning to surf out here (learning to hold my breath and overcome fear of sharks when surfing alone) and I hope anyone else who manages to come out an get it on enjoys the same.
By Hamish Scott , 25-02-2009
White Rock Now - The gate is now locked. If you walk in (45-50mins) go to the first house and let Frank know youre going in...just courtesy really.Ive been here 5 times and only caught it once...bloody fickle!
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