Te Araroa

Quality Rating: 
5
Wave Type: 
Beach break
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Shape: 
Wally
Punchy
Hollow
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
SW
Tide: 
All
Beach Type: 
Sand
Stones
Skill Level: 
Advanced
Crowd Level: 
5
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong currents and rips.

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Description: 

Te Araroa is a beach break on a sand/shingle beach, located at the mouth of the Te Araroa River. The wave is wally and hollow, with some barrels on offer, but it can change depending on water movement and shingle banks. There are several peaks to choose from with both right and left handers, and there is also a right hand point on the east side of the river mouth which can get working on a big swell. Suitable for advanced to expert surfers.

Directions: 
From Whakatane head east through Opotiki and change from State Highway 2 onto State Highway 35. Take this all the way along the coast through Whangaparoa, and past Hicks Bay. When you get to Te Araroa, continue straight onto Pohutu Road, then left onto Rata Street then right onto Moana Parade. Alternatively, From Gisborne town centre drive east on Gladstone Road, onto Wainui Road, State Highway 35, towards Wainui. Continue past Wainui on Moana Road and onto Whangara Road and keep heading north. Continue past Tokomaru Bay and Waipiro Bay, then turn left onto Te Araroa Road, State Highway 35. At Tikitiki turn left and left again to stay on Te Araroa Road, State Highway 35. At Te Araroa turn right onto Pohutu Road, then left onto Rata Street then right onto Moana Parade.
Nearest Town: 
Te Araroa
Nearest City: 
Whakatane
Travel Time from City: 
140mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
NZ-Surf-Guide_Beach-View_Te-Araroa
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