Mahia Peninsula Surfing

About Mahia Peninsula

The Mahia peninsula is located on the east coast of the North Island, between the cities of Gisborne and Napier. The peninsula is a beautiful, hilly promontory, with isolated golden sand beaches and wonderfully clear water. It has a flexible array of reefs, points and beaches, which between them will catch any swell direction going. The predominant SW winds are perfect for many of the exposed spots plus somewhere will always be offshore, no matter what the wind direction. It attracts people from all over the country to take part in the numerous outdoor sports that this area is suited to, yet there are no hotels, resorts or amusement parks and everything remains truly wild. The laid back, country feel is somewhat tempered by localism, so a low profile attitude is needed.


  • Variety of aspects

  • Dominant offshore winds

  • Consistent, quality spots

  • Beautiful, wild area


  • Cold and wet climate

  • Windy

  • Cold water

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