Waipu Bar

Quality Rating: 
5
Wave Type: 
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Shape: 
Fast
Hollow
Short
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
W
Tide: 
Low
Mid
Outgoing
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Crowd Level: 
4
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong currents or rips.

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Description: 

Waipu Bar is a river bar break on a sandy beach, at the mouth of the Waionehu River. The best peak is on the north side of the river outlet, offering mostly right handers. The wave is short and hollow, with a dredging take off. There are also several peaks down the beach to check out, and you can surf the south side of the river mouth as well. You will need paddle across the river to get to the north side break. The surf will usually be bigger than its from across the river. Best for Intermediate to expert surfers.

Directions: 
From Whangarei, head south on State Highway 1 Otaika Road. Continue through Oakleigh, past Ruakaka, then turn left onto Shoemaker Road. Go through Waipu on Cove Road, then turn left onto Johnson Point Road. Check the surf from here before paddling across the river and out on the bar.
Nearest Town: 
Waipu
Nearest City: 
Whangarei
Travel Time from City: 
25mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
Yes
Parking at beach: 
Yes
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