Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Port Waikato

Sunset Beach of Port Waikato lies on the river mouth of the mighty Waikato River, North Island's largest river. Sharks are known to give birth a little up the river, but am sure they got better things to do than harming surfer. The drive from Auckland is about an hour and a half, going south. A channel on the southern end brings you out to the line up. Be careful not to surf the southern end waves too long as they usually end up in the rocks. Like all west coast beaches, often big and powerfull with strong rips. Sometimes getting behind the break is a already a mission. But still good bars that produce quality lefts and rights if conditions are good.

Attendance Week
Attendance Weekend
Best Tide Position
Mid and High Tide
Best Tide Movement
Rising Tide
Rips undertow
Good Swell Direction
South West
Good Wind Direction
Holds up to
3m (10ft)
Max Length of Wave
Long (150m - 300m)
Normal Length of Wave
Normal (50m - 150m)
Starts Working
Less than 1m (3ft)
Surf Level
Experience Required
Type of Bottom
Sandy with Rocks
Type of Wave
Wave Direction
Left- and Righthander
Wave Power


Maunsell Rd
2695 Port Waikato
New Zealand


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