About Orewa Beach

Another beach break within driving distance of Auckland, Orewa Beach is somewhat fickle and relatively soft, but a great wave for beginners, improvers, or anyone looking to do a quick strike from the city. Orewa River Mouth helps spread out the crowd when it gets busy.

Source: Orewa Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All surfers.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Nothing to stress about.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded due to proximity to Auckland.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Average to soft beach break, with good reforms for beginners.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

The paddle can get long on larger swells, as the peaks move farther out.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Next to a rivermouth and pretty close to the city, so keep an eye on the runoff.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sharks, crowds.

Access

Do the 30-minute drive from Auckland, park by the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, and paddle out.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Best season runs from October through March.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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