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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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 Port Waikato reef

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, West Coast Auckland

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Head south out of Auckland, turn off at Bombay. Head toward Tuakau, follow signs to Port Waikato. The beach is actually called Sunset Beach and is about 40 minute drive from the motorway.

English (Translate this text in English): Head south out of Auckland, turn off at Bombay. Head toward Tuakau, follow signs to Port Waikato. The beach is actually called Sunset Beach and is about 40 minute drive from the motorway.

English (Translate this text in English): Head south out of Auckland, turn off at Bombay. Head toward Tuakau, follow signs to Port Waikato. The beach is actually called Sunset Beach and is about 40 minute drive from the motorway.

English (Translate this text in English): Head south out of Auckland, turn off at Bombay. Head toward Tuakau, follow signs to Port Waikato. The beach is actually called Sunset Beach and is about 40 minute drive from the motorway.

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 Port

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

Power

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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 Additional Information

This is a beach break and is affected by shifting banks. But when the banks are good, it can be really good. Both lefts and rights, barrels, A-frame waves, it just depends on the banks.

There is also a left hand reef break to the south of the beach. This can hold big swells. It is a fairly hard core wave, and is worth checking out when the swell is over 5 foot on the beach. I've heard it can handle over 10 foot, but I've never seen it this big. It breaks over rocks and can produce a long left hand wall with barreling sections. You have to walk around the rocks and jump off the rocks in betweem the sets.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a beach break and is affected by shifting banks. But when the banks are good, it can be really good. Both lefts and rights, barrels, A-frame waves, it just depends on the banks.<br /><br />There is also a left hand reef break to the south of the beach. This can hold big swells. It is a fairly hard core wave, and is worth checking out when the swell is over 5 foot on the beach. I've heard it can handle over 10 foot, but I've never seen it this big. It breaks over rocks and can produce a long left hand wall with barreling sections. You have to walk around the rocks and jump off the rocks in betweem the sets.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a beach break and is affected by shifting banks. But when the banks are good, it can be really good. Both lefts and rights, barrels, A-frame waves, it just depends on the banks.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;There is also a left hand reef break to the south of the beach. This can hold big swells. It is a fairly hard core wave, and is worth checking out when the swell is over 5 foot on the beach. I've heard it can handle over 10 foot, but I've never seen it this big. It breaks over rocks and can produce a long left hand wall with barreling sections. You have to walk around the rocks and jump off the rocks in betweem the sets.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a beach break and is affected by shifting banks. But when the banks are good, it can be really good. Both lefts and rights, barrels, A-frame waves, it just depends on the banks.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There is also a left hand reef break to the south of the beach. This can hold big swells. It is a fairly hard core wave, and is worth checking out when the swell is over 5 foot on the beach. I've heard it can handle over 10 foot, but I've never seen it this big. It breaks over rocks and can produce a long left hand wall with barreling sections. You have to walk around the rocks and jump off the rocks in betweem the sets.

Atmosphere

In summer the beach is crowded with sunbathers and swimmers. There is a surf life saving club and a shop. Port Waikato has a small local communtity. In winter the beach is pretty much deserted.

English (Translate this text in English): In summer the beach is crowded with sunbathers and swimmers. There is a surf life saving club and a shop. Port Waikato has a small local communtity. In winter the beach is pretty much deserted.

English (Translate this text in English): In summer the beach is crowded with sunbathers and swimmers. There is a surf life saving club and a shop. Port Waikato has a small local communtity. In winter the beach is pretty much deserted.

English (Translate this text in English): In summer the beach is crowded with sunbathers and swimmers. There is a surf life saving club and a shop. Port Waikato has a small local communtity. In winter the beach is pretty much deserted.

General

This spot on its day can have awesome waves and is worth a look when the easterlies are blow'n.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot on its day can have awesome waves and is worth a look when the easterlies are blow'n.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot on its day can have awesome waves and is worth a look when the easterlies are blow'n.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot on its day can have awesome waves and is worth a look when the easterlies are blow'n.

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By salt dog , 17-02-2011

Not that good -
Very positive comments but this place is fickle. The massive river valley behind the beach means big sea breezes starting at 11 in the summer and 12 in the winter, always blowing it out. But firstly the reef; When it's on it's good, but it needs sand to fill in the gaps on the reef and it hasn't worked most of 2010. Entry is very hairy jumping off
The beach is very fickle, best at high tide which means you can't get down the beach unless you are on a Quad Farm bike. Piha and Maori Bay for example have curves at the end of their bays, containing the sand and forcing water out through channels creating bars and waves. Port Waikato has a curve only at the south end, then it's 4km straight up to the river mouth. So sand is constantly moving, bars never last and it hardly ever holds over 3 ft.
It is fickle and the chances of a surf after 1.15 drive from Auckland is low. That's the reality.

By flossy mckenzie , 20-10-2009

port reef "p land" - this is the nz equivalent of pipe. huge tubes, gaping death pits that you could fit a bus inside, if you come here watch out for the "heavies" stan, antz, zane, barry, wayno, respect.

By Anonymous , 16-08-2006

Sick on it's day - I've surfed the reef here at triple over head, an easy take off to a gnarly barrel inside, very long wall(5 guys in the water). If it's big always walk out to the point to check the reef as sometimes it's impossiblt to see from the beach, also had very fun A-frame son the beach. You'll hardly ever see this place crowded. A solid sw-w swell is ideal.

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