Wairoa

Quality Rating: 
8
Wave Type: 
Beach break
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
2.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Punchy
Powerful
Hollow
Barrels
Optimal Swell Direction: 
S
Optimal Wind Direction: 
N
Tide: 
Mid
High
Incoming
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Crowd Level: 
6
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong currents and rips.

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Description: 

Wairoa is a beach break, river bar break on a sandy beach at the Wairoa river mouth. There are several peaks around the river mouth to choose from with both right and left handers. The wave is powerful, with gnarly drop ins and hollow barrels. Good for intermediate to expert surfers. Popular local spot, so know the rules and respect the locals. River mouths often have strong currents and rips, so watch out.

Directions: 
From Napier city head west on Thackeray Street, then continue onto Hyderabad Road, State Highway 2. Continue on State Highway 2, then turn right onto Main North Road, State Highway 2 out of Napier heading north. Continue north until you get to Wairoa and turn right onto Kitchener Street. At the end of the road turn right onto McLean Street, then left onto Grant Street, then right onto Kopu Road. Continue onto Whakamahi Road, down past the reserve to the beach and river mouth.
Nearest Town: 
Wairoa
Nearest City: 
Napier
Travel Time from City: 
90mins
Road in: 
Seal
Gravel
Walk in: 
Yes
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
NZ-Surf-Guide_Beach-View_Wairoa
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