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Drive down the Surf Highway from New Plymouth, go through Okato, about 5km look for Paeora Road on the right. Same road as Graveyards.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Paeora Road has multiple breaks on it... first is Rocky Point, a small headland with a right point on the southern side (rocky rights) and a left point on the northern side (rocky lefts). Across the bay from rocky rights is a left reef called "Birds Nest". Across the bay from rocky lefts is graveyards.
When surfing rocky lefts look out for 'El Fredo', the suck-rock on the take-off.
Great if you're friendly and don't hassle.
By Anonymous , 31-03-2007
you only get faded if your a kook - surfed here a few times this and graveyards being my favourite spots on the naki, work the tide as suggested its still a darn good wave when most locals wont surf it and if you are out in a crowd show respect and dont think your the man and you will be given waves often good ones too
By sideshow bob , 12-07-2006
flag it - had some bad times at this spot due to arsehole locals who showed no mercy,and no compassion for strangers-don't bother with taras.........
By anonymous , 16-01-2006
- Tara surfers are probably the most competent around. They are also very aware of who is in the line up, who is making the sections, tubes ect. So there is a very definite pecking order out there. Paddle out and slot yourself in where you think you should be and you will get waves. Also because of the huge tide, the locals will often be waiting for the right tide. Go out anyway, it wont be as good but you might get the place to yourself.
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