1 hour 20 mins drive north of Auckland. Jone’s Bay offers the best west to southwest conditions in the North Auckland area. Take SH1 to Warkworth then head to Omaha. Before Omaha take the signs to Tawharanui Reserve. The winding road finally emerges at Jones bay. There is a small carpark with a sheltered grassy rigging area immediately as you enter the reserve. Carry your gear across the road to the beach to launch.

The beach itself is pebble but not sharp. It drops to foil-depth water very quickly. The point protects  the beach from the wind and it may be necessary to paddle out 20m to the wind-line. The area is isolated and not suitable for beginners (beginners should go to Omaha estuary) but when a strong (20+ knots) wind opposes the incoming tide the bay offers some superb swell riding. In lighter winds there are many interesting bays and spots to explore on adjacent Kawau Island. On a big easterly storm, when the surf is too big to allow a launch at nearby Omaha beach, Jone’s  bay offers some amazing swell riding on huge , fast-moving easterly swells and is an entry point for downwinders to Algie’s bay.


Additional Details

  • Rider level: Intermediate, Foil Pro
  • Shore Description:Beach
  • Best wind direction: E, SW, W
  • Best Tides: In coming
  • Distance from waters edge to safe foiling depth.:0-5m
  • Comments::pebble beach with deep water close to shore
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  • Car Parking:Sealed
  • Rigging Area:Grass
  • Entering the Water: Beach
  • Best area or direction to ride:directly across the bay
  • Alternative landing locations:Nil, you must be competent to return to the launch area

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