Little Waihi

Quality Rating: 
8
Wave Type: 
Beach break
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Shape: 
Powerful
Hollow
Barrels
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
SW
Tide: 
Low
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Expert
Crowd Level: 
8
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong currents and rips.

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Description: 

Little Waihi is a river mouth beach break on a sandy beach, located near Maketu at the mouth of the Waihi Estuary. The main river mouth break is a left hander, producing powerful, hollow barrels. There are also several peaks along the beach to choose from, with both right and left handers. Leave this one to the experts.

Directions: 
From Tauranga City, head south east on Mt Maunganui Road, onto State Highway 2. near the papamoa turn off, veer right onto Tauranga East Road, State Highway 2, heading south. Continue through Te Puke, then turn left onto Te Tumu Road and right onto maketu Road. At Maketu continue straigh through onto Little Waihi Road, then turn right onto Arawa Ave and left onto Bledisloe Park Ave. From here is a walk down to the beach and a paddle across the river mouth. Alternatively you can go down to Pukehina beach, then drive north on Pukehina Parade, to the otherside of the river mouth.
Nearest Town: 
Te Puke
Nearest City: 
Tauranga
Travel Time from City: 
30mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
Yes
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
NZ-Surf-Guide_Beach-View_Little-Waihi
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