Medlands Beach, Oruawharo Bay is the closest surf beach to Tryphena.
It is separated from Kaitoke Beach by the Sugar Loaf headlands at the northern end.
It has a fairly exposed beach break and offers reliable surf conditions at almost any time of the year. Good quality left and right hand waves and generally not a crowded beach.
At the southern end there is a Department Of Conservation Campsite (Oruawharo Creek Recreation Reserve) and vehicle access to the beach for boat launching.
As with most of the east coast beaches on Great Barrier Island it is an important nesting ground for the endangered Brown Teal and Dotterel.