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Latitude: 37° 56.357' S
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Drive out along the coast from Raglan along the gravel road, 20 mins. Watch out for cliffs. Nice views. Or drive out toward Bridal Veil falls from Hamilton. That will take you 50 mins from Hamilton.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun, Powerless, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
A typical west coast beach in New Zealand that is more often than not, too big and out of control to surf. Its a beach break so the banks shift around with the rips etc. Pick your bank, you can see them all from the car park which is about 1 meter from the sand. Very exposed to swells.
Ruapuke is a nice wave when its on. It packs some serious power. Go here when Raglan is flat or 1 foot and Ruapuke will be 3 -4 feet. Best winds are from the easterly quarter. Quality depends on the banks, which can be world class or utter shite. Generally there is something to ride. Watch for the seabreeze in summer. Best swell is a southwest north west combo for wedge tube fun. Generally the beach has about 4-5 main banks that always are in the same general area.
Nice, relaxing. Hardly ever crowded. Annoying motorbike riders ruin the tranquilty of the spot. Good spot for Hamiltons weekend surfers to give their Subaru legacies and Mitsubishi Libreos a run. Odd fisherman in the summer,but mostly they leap to their deaths off the rocks at the northern end of the beach and are not a hassle. Good place for wave starved east cost surfers to come and get some real waves.
By h-townarserapper.com , 02-03-2004
Represent! - looking good dale. get ur arse there again and get some more, and take us wif u!
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