Great community of foilers can be found here with full range of skill set. It’s not uncommon to encounter the Axis team trailing new gear & a great source of information.

*How to get there:* From State Highway 1 driving north from Auckland turn onto Whangaparaoa peninsula approx 30mins after Habour Bridge. Follow signs for Manly – about 500m beyond traffic lights at Whangaparaoa Plaza turn down Ladies Mile & continue to Cross Street or any parking options on the beach front. 

*-On the water-* Can get busy as very popular with Wing foilers & other craft so best to be constantly aware of surroundings & speed differences.

*Wind Direction*: Works best with anything with Northerlies – If too much east it becomes really patchy. If strong enough SW can be an OK Flatwater option but it’ll be gusty & offshore. Beginners best in Northerlies.  

*Wind Strength:* Full range – nearest reading from Manly Sailing Club webcam –

*Water depths:* Fine straight out with sandy beach & uniform depth across bay.  

*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 if interested.

Van Accommodation: Orewa Top 10.  DoC at Shakespear Regional Park. Freedom camp at Gulf Habour hammerhead


1. Bathrooms & Fresh water shower by toilet block at Manly Sailing Club

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.


Additional Details

  • Rider level:Beginner, Novice, Intermediate
  • Shore Description:Beach
  • Best wind direction:N, NE, SW, NW
  • Best Tides: All tides
  • Best swell conditions:0-2ft, 2-4ft
  • Best time of year:Dec - Feb, Mar - May, Jun - Aug, Sep - Nov
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  • Comments::There is reef that extends about 200m out between Manly & Tindalls Bay (East) best to avoid at all tides - it’ll be fully exposed from mid tide.
  • Distance from waters edge to safe foiling depth.: 20-40m
  • Car Parking:Sealed, Grass
  • Rigging Area:Grass
  • Entering the Water: Beach
  • Average Wind:0-10kts, 8-12kts, 10-15kts, 15-20kts, 20-30kts
  • Best area or direction to ride:Whole Bay
  • Alternative landing locations:Tindalls Bay (East)
  • Other likely on-water activities to watch for:Boating, Families, Sailing, Swimming/Surfing
  • Anything else we should know?:Very popular beach with multiple different water-users so being aware of surroundings and speed differences is important

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