some of the best waves I've ever had - well worth the long drive

one of the most isolated spots in the north island - empty, windswept, cold, barren powerful uncrowded waves not the kind of place you where you feel comfortable surfing by yourself

Additional Info:
take booties + food
park anywhere
respect the locals (all 4 or 5 of them)


From township of Martinborough - head south apprx 1km, then turn left onto Tora & Whiterock Road, this road eventually becomes unsealed. After you cross one of many small bridges - turn left for road out to Tora, or straight through for White Rock (all well signposted). When you hit the coast, there are great waves both up and down the coast...

From where you reach the coast:

Bombora - straight out in front, BIG left hand reef break

Styx - 2 min drive north to the near side of the first headland - medium sized left reef reak

Tora Point - 3 min drive south until you reach the tiny public toilet - long, long medium sized right point, needs at least a head high swell, fast and slow sections, often links up with a smaller right reef in front of the toilet

Shipwrecks - 5 min drive south, straight out in front of the wreck, medium sized left and right reefs

Plus many, many other unnamed spots

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeReef (rocky)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc.)
PowerHollow, Powerful
FrequencyRegular (100 days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorthWest, West
Swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 10ft+
TideAll tides
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekendFew surfers




Nearby spots
Lake Ferry

15.79 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Ning Nong

20.77 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)