Shipwreck Bay Spot Guide

About Shipwreck Bay

This is the best break in the Ahipara area - a long lefthander breaking over sand and rock. Stay a few days and you are almost guaranteed waves. Get the place going off, and you could be in for three-minute rides. The wave has sections for all types of surfers.

Source: Shipwreck Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty mellow. Humility and respect appreciated.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Compared to Australia, minor.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Not world-class, but a good pointbreak when it's on.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Cyclone-induced rips will give you a workout.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pretty good

Additional Information

Hazards

Bouncing off the reef.

Access

Four-wheel-drive or a long walk.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand/Rock

Best Season

Southern Hemisphere winter, May-August

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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