8 Motutaiko Street, Kuratau 3381...
Magic spot at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula – with Auckland CBD in the distance this place offers a sweeping bay with golden sands & a decent fetch to get clean Southerlies & Sou’westers.
*How to get there:* 40 mins from Downtown Auckland,take State Highway 1 driving north turn onto Whangaparaoa peninsula – follow brown signage to Shakespear & go as far as you can East. You’ll go through the Pest-Proof fence & passed a picture frame to descend to a large grassy area for rigging. Plenty to do in the park for non-foiling nature loving buddies.
*-On the water-*
*Wind Strength:* Great in high winds 20knts + You can use TiriTiri Matangi on the Coastguard App – Station is located on top of the lighthouse on the Island so will have some differences than surface level wind.
*Where’s the best riding: Straight out from the beach- plenty of space – definitely has a wild feeling to the place & your a long way from external support. However if your less confident staying in the bay means the shore is the only place you’ll wash into. Further upwind some great conditions to be had. Best to avoid the cliff to the left as there’s a significant ‘shadow’ about 100m before & if the tide is ebbing it’s can be a dodgy spot to find yourself in
*Best time of year*: any time the wind blows from the South – popular spot for Windsurfers & Kiters. Plenty of wildlife in the water & skies.
*Water depths:* shallow sloping sandy beach with sea grass in some areas
*Tides*: Seems best at mid-tide but can used at all tides. Low water will be a long walk (approx 300m) & high tide can give some tricking shore break to negotiate if strong winds for launching & recovery.
*Swell*: Yep, fetch is long enough from south side of Hauraki Gulf from Auckland CBD to get decent waves forming
*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 centre of Te Haruhi Bay.
2. Stunning walks around the park with plenty of native bird life. No dogs allowed through Pest-proof fence.
4. DW exit option from Long Bay or Arkles in SW or from the city in Southerlies.
5. Van Accommodation: DoC at Shakespear Regional Park. Freedom camp at Gulf Habour hammerhead
6. Closest shops – Gulf Habour