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Auckland's Manukau Harbour
Aucklands International Airport is right on the Manukau which
is a large, very tidal harbour with lots of mud/sand banks, and
is good for cruising around. Close by is Aucklands biggest
amusement park; Rainbows End. The rugged West coast is worth
driving to. Black sand beaches, rough water, good for surfing at
Piha, but no good for windsurfing.
Dial-a-foreast: 0900 999 90 / 0900
Info Centre: George Bolt Drive,
Manukau/ Scenic Drive, Titirangi.
- Sailboard Developments.1/39 View Rd, Takapuna. Ph 443
- Wind'n'Surf. 22 Mc Coll St, Newmarket. Ph 520 4585.
Access: Take the Takanini turn off the Southern
Motorway, right at the lights to Conifer Grove. Camp grounds
are close. Good parking, rigging areas, toilet facilities and
a concrete ramp. Tidal.
Suits: Slalom, longboard. Beginners....
Wind: N,NW,W,SW,S. Predominant wind is SW =
Water: Flat - chop. Sailable 2hrs either
side of high tide.
Watch: Oysters in places away from the main
In Detail: Paurehure Inlet. On
the upper reaches of the Manukau Harbour, gets good wind from
anywhere from N to W to S. Good flat water blasting, Good
rigging and water access but limited to 2 hours either side
of high tide. Take the Takanini exit off the Southern
Motorway, right at the first lights into Conifer Grove, go to
the Conifer Grove Reserve just past the shops.
Access: From the Rugby Club and Gibbons Beach, rig
and walk 50m down track to the beach. Sail out to the right
towards the Airport where you'll find a sandy shoal under
waist deep water. Sailable 2hrs either side of high tide.
Suits: Slalom, speed, longboard.
Wind: Best in SW which is strong.
Consistantly 5 knots stronger here
Water: Flat. High tide/outgoing tide creates
Access: 20 minutes drive from Papakura towards
Waiuku. Sand/shell beach with toilets, good parking/rigging
area and camp grounds. Sail to the deep water channel which
runs parallel with the south head of the Manukau Harbour.
Suits: Slalom, Longboard. Intermediate......
Wind: N,NE,E. Summer thermals cause SW.
Water: Flat - medium chop.
Watch: Strong outgoing tide.
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