The image below is provided by Coastguard Whakatane and Surtees Boats. It gives an indication of the conditions you might find at the river entrance. If in doubt check for yourself or consult the duty operator.
We have encountered a problem with our channel 60 Aerial. Both transmission and receive operations - boat to boat and boat to Coastguard are down on power and may not operate clearly from the White Island to Waikawa Point area.We have a project underway to replace the Channel 60 Aerial and associated cabling. We apologise for this inconvenience - Please use channel 16 or phone 111 in the event of an emergency. From the Communications teamCoastguard Whakatane