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Papatowai holds some of New Zealand’s biggest waves, where tow-in teams and experienced paddlers try to ride the long barrelling right or lethal, ledging left.

Big boils and tendrils of kelp add to the stress of this hellmen only wave. There’s also some beachbreak at Tahakopa Bay.

Long paddle or jetski ride

  • All Tides
  • Submerged reef with peaky waves
  • Sand
  • SE - SW
  • North Westerly
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