Mangawhai Spot Guide

About Mangawhai

Located near the rivermouth, Mangawhai Heads can get good peaks depending on the state of the sandbars and what the swell and tide are doing.

Source: Mangawhai Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Mostly tolerant. Humility and respect appreciated.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Crowded on a proper swell, but somewhat spread out with many peaks to work from

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Left point and a rocky reef.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Rips and longshore currents are common when there is a decent swell in the water.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

In front of a rivermouth, can get dirty from runoff

Additional Information

Hazards

Bouncing off the bottom.

Access

Easy. Parking available at the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand and rocks

Best Season

November-February

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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