Story: Ocean currents and tides

Cyclone Ivy

Cyclone Ivy

The north-east coast of the North Island usually has small waves, as it is sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. The biggest waves on this coast occur when tropical cyclones such as Ivy (which hit in February 2004) sweep down from the north. When cyclones arrive, yacht owners worry that their moorings are secure, while surfers head for the beach in the hope of catching giant waves.

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Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, 'Ocean currents and tides - Flows on the continental shelf', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, published 12 Jun 2006