Whananaki

Quality Rating: 
7
Wave Type: 
Beach break
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Shape: 
Wally
Powerful
Barrels
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
SW
Tide: 
Low
Mid
Outgoing
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Beginner
Crowd Level: 
8
Danger: 
Popular beach - know the rules and respect the locals. Watch out for swimmers. River mouths often have strong currents or rips.

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Description: 

Whananaki is a beach break and left hand river bar break on a sandy beach, located at the mouth of the Whananaki River on the east coast, north of Whangarei. There is a good long left hand bar break at the river mouth and there are several peaks down the beach to choose from with both right and left handers. The wave is powerful and wally with some barrels on offer. Good for all levels of surfer. Popular beach, so know the rules and respect the locals. Watch out for swimmers. River mouths often have strong currents or rips.

Directions: 
Whananaki is located at the mouth of the Whananaki River on the east coast, north of Whangarei. From Whangarei, head north on Bank Road and onto Mill Road. Continue onto Waiatawa Road, then onto Ngunguru Road. Turn left onto Kaiatea Road, then turn right to stay on Kaiatea Road. Turn right onto matapouri Road and follow this to the beach, then continue along to the next beach, Woolleys Bay.
Nearest Town: 
Whangarei
Nearest City: 
Whangarei
Travel Time from City: 
40mins
Road in: 
Seal
Gravel
Walk in: 
Yes
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
NZ-Surf-Guide_Beach-View_Whananaki
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