Pauanui

Quality Rating: 
7
Wave Type: 
Beach break
Wave Size Min: 
1.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Punchy
Hollow
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
W
Tide: 
Mid
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Beginner
Crowd Level: 
7
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong currents and rips. Watch out for swimmers.

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Description: 

Pauanui is a beach break on a sandy beach, located on the east side of the Coromandel Peninsula just north of Whangamata. There are several peaks to choose from along the beach with both right and left handers. The wave is Punchy and hollow, good fun with some barrels on offer. The is also a good left hander at the north end of the beach at the river mouth, and a good right hander at the southern end of the beach. Popular beach, so watch out for swimmers, Know the rules and respect the locals. Good for beginners to expert surfers.

Directions: 
Pauanui is on the east side of the Coromandel peninsula, on State Highway 25. From Thames head south on Queen Street, State Highway 25, and continue onto Ngati Maru Highway. At the round about turn left onto Mgati Maru Highway, State Highway 26, then left onto Kopu-Hikuai Road, State Highway 25A heading east. Turn left onto Tairua Road, State Highway 25, heading north, then right onto Hikuai Settlement Road down to Pauanui. At Pauanui turn right at the round about onto Pauanui Boulevard and find a good spot along the beach on one of the side streets. Alternatively, If coming from the South, travel up on State Highway 25, Tairua Road, and turn right onto Hikuai Settlement Road, down to Pauanui and the beach.
Nearest Town: 
Pauanui
Nearest City: 
Thames
Travel Time from City: 
30mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Facilities: 
Toilets
Shower
Beach View: 
NZ-Surf-Guide_Beach-View_Pauanui
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