Part of Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the sands of Waimarama Beach are backed by grassy dunes and attractive beach dwellings. One over from Ocean Beach, Waimarama is best known as a surfing destination thanks to left and right hand beach and reef breaks. The best of the waves are generally to be had around mid-tide when they are returning, with the southern hemisphere winter months of June to September believed to offer the best in the year.
What’s more, there is no steep drop off into deep water, making it a good option for children and adults looking to try their hand on a board for the first time, although there are some dangerous rip currents to be aware of, which is where the knowledge of a local teacher or guide comes in handy.
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