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Shipwreck Bay is located at the township of Ahipara, which lies at the southern most point of Ninety Mile Beach. Ahipara is approximately 2.5 hours journey by car from Whangarei, or about 4-5 hours from Auckland. Shipwreck Bay is easily located once at Ahipara - just follow the beach road.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Shippies/Ahipara
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
There are at least two camping grounds at Ahipara, with one being right in front of the Bay. note though, it only has tent sites, no caravans or cabins. There are also a number of small B&Bs and budget lodges. If you are planning to go at any time close to a public holiday, it is recommended that you book accommodation in advance.
The town has a petrol station, take-away bar and general store. The fish & chips are excellent.
Longest ride possible on good swell is from outside Peaks to inside Shipwreck, about 1 km +!!! Shipwreck rideable from 2' upwards, low tide. If open west coast swell is 3-4m (usual winter size)Shipwreck will be 1-2m. Smallest at Shipwreck, getting bigger as you go around point to Peaks, Mukurau 1 & 2, then Supertubes & Pines. Best shape Peaks to Shipwreck.No way it holds 16'!!! The biggest i've ever seen Shipwreck is 6-7',equals 8'-10' around point. Very crowded on big swells during long weekends/holidays.Believe me, i've been surfing here for over 40 years!!!!
Mostly low to mid tide, unless BIG. Inside Shipwreck good for learners. Tiring surf sessions due to walking/jogging back around point, and strong rip sweep along rock shelf outside Shipwreck.
By littlepinkwave , 15-01-2008
- I was wondering if you could tell me how the locals are here. If any of you are. I'm looking actually to move here in about a year.
Peace love surf to all. Thanks in advance:)
By Anonymous , 02-11-2007
Endless Summer - Alas, The break that Mike & Robert surfed in Brown's Endless Summer. May not be news at all for many. Cheers from Huntington Beach, CA.
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 08-07-2007
shipwrecks awesome - I was born in Kaitaia (main local town) and live in Sydney. I travel back home to score awesome waves at Ahipara, Shippies and The Bluff. A mechanical world class left hand point break with cruisy down the line waves that break for over 100 metres. Nice to get away from the city crowds.
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