8 Motutaiko Street, Kuratau 3381...
Rider Level: Intermediate to advanced.
*How to get there:* From State Highway 1 driving north from Auckland turn onto Whangaparaoa peninsula approx 30mins after Habour Bridge. Follow signs for Shakespear Regional Park. Carpark turn left at the Bottom of the hill before turning onto Shakespear.
*Launch Spot*. Grassy bank adjacent to gravel car parking spaces with plenty of space for rigging.
*Entering the water:* Sandy beach, walk straight out – sometimes up to 20m before deep enough
*-On the water-* Usually not busy
*Wind Direction*: Works when westerlies have a bit of North in it. Good entry point for downwinders fron Army heading West to Stanmore, Red Beach or Orewa with nice rolling swell when Easterlies have been blowing
*Wind Strength:* Downwinders going West better in winds 15knts + Westerlies good in high winds 20knts + for decent swell. You can use Coastguard App for TiriTiri Matangi (Wind station located on top lighthouse so usually higher valuesthan surface winds)
*Where’s the best riding:* If Easterly wind there will be a big shadow from the cliffs on the inside -some times you’ll have to paddle to wind line. Nice rollers a km or so out. If Westerly the wind accelerates down the peninsula, so if it squally it can flick between going a bit SW to NW which will potentially give a shadow under the cliffs if flicking to SW
*Best time of year*: Any time the wind blows from the East for epic downwinders with multiple options for exit down the peninsula.Westerlies that are strong tend to be more prevalent in the winter.
*Water depths:* No obstacles straight out with sandy beach. There are rocks on the shoreline to the left / west which will be exposed at low water.
*Tides*: Ride-able at all tides
*Swell*: Yep really nice after a week of Easterlies.
*Water quality/clarity:* sedimentary rocks along Whangaparaoa Peninsula so the water clarity / turbidity deteriorates fairly quickly if there’s been a decent blow of wind for a few days. Quality- Pretty good – can check water at https://www.safeswim.org.nz/ if interested.
1. Bathrooms & Fresh water shower on beachside of toilet block to the right of parking
2. Grassy areas for the kids & dog walking (some seasonal restrictions for dogs on the beaches)
3. Jetski towing possible when wind is blowing from anything with south in it.
4. DW exit option from Red beach or Orewa in Westerlies
5. Van Accommodation: DoC at Shakespear Regional Park. Freedom camp at Gulf Habour hammerhead