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Black's Beach is renowned for its surfing and fishing. The road is fully sealed but is quite windy and narrow in places. Below the parking area is where most of the surfing takes place and toilets facilities have recently been installed.

There is a track down to the a beach called Waitaniwha Bay. This site has rocks that throw up spectacular spray (Blow holes) when the sea is rough.

From Black's Beach and Opoutama is a lookout point where you can enjoy great views of the Māhia Peninsula.

Activities to be enjoyed at Black's Beach are surf casting, surfing, walking along the beach, surf kayaking and relaxing.

This beach is not safe for swimming.


This is a great spot for fishing at sunset - snapper, kahawai, dogfish, trevally, cod, gurnard  and  the  occasional  moki  are  taken here.


Great for experienced surfers | Toilet available

Easy access from car park.

Very consistent right-hand reef break onto a black sand beach. SW to E swells with N-NE offshores. 0.6m to 2.4m.

Black’s is one of the most consistent surf breaks in New Zealand and you are almost guaranteed of finding waves of reasonable quality at least once or twice a week.

Black's has the consistent left and right-hand reef breaks, which are best at low tide in a moderate southerly swell, but watch out for the shal-low reefs.


Take State Highway 2 heading towards Gisborne. At Nūhaka, continue straight ahead through Nūhaka to Māhia. It is well signposted on the traffic-islands at Nūhaka. Black's Beach is 6.8kms from the Nūhaka/Gisborne turnoff. There is sealed parking available. Extra care is required when crossing over the road to the parking area.


Where to find us

Physical Address: 9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
Postal Address: PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact us

0800 HAWKES BAY (429537 229)
and press 3 for Wairoa

+64 6 838 7440
+64 6 838 3901

9 Paul Street, Wairoa 4108
PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160, Hawke’s Bay
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