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Published on January 12th, 2016 | by PhilB

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Hawea Wave

Hawea Wave is located at the Hawea Whitewater Park, built in late 2012 on the Hawea River at Camphill Bridge. Generally, the wave is better for kayaking but surfing is possible. There are two waves, whereas the larger one is located closer at the bridge. The Hawea River is a relatively short river that flows out of Lake Hawea into Lake Wanaka.

Spot Details

Country: New Zealand
Nearest town/city: Wanaka
River: Hawea River
Address: Camphill Bridge at Camp Hill Road
Directions: On the way to Lake Hawea from Lake Wanaka
Latitude: -44.65007029640177
Longitude: 169.24592690141367

Wave Details


Not much face, much more whitewater. Very cold all year round. Wetsuit required.


Flow controlled by floodgates so very consistent. It usually takes an hour or two after the Hawea damn release for a stable wave to form.


Best surfed at 50-60 cumecs. It starts getting a bit mushy from 60 to 80, there is a nice wave at 120 cumec.

River Gauge

Detailed Flow Data

Wanaka Weather Forecast

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
It is forcast to be Clear at 5:00 PM PKT on May 04, 2015


It is forcast to be Clear at 5:00 PM PKT on May 05, 2015


It is forcast to be Clear at 5:00 PM PKT on May 06, 2015


Spot Location

More on Hawea Wave

Calendar of up coming flow releases
Note that all flows and times are set at the Hawea Dam and may take 1-2 hours to show effect at the whitewater park.

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Phil is a passionate riversurfer based in the capital of urban hydro power, Graz / Austria. He graduated from the International University for Riversurfing (IUR) in 2008 before he got married (to PhilK) in 2009. Instead of children, they gave birth to the probably most awesome riversurfing magazine on the planet: Riverbreak.

  • Jacob Kelly

    I’ve seen a lot of white water shots of this wave but the one in the photo above looks really sick!!! Nice work from the team at S2O and everyone one else building waves around the world, we’re all in this together!! I would love to make it out for a surf some day!!!

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