A bullet hit just two metres away from one surfer, and police say the shooters were concealed in the bush.
A homicide investigation was launched after the 26-year-old's body was found in water below the McLaren Falls Bridge on 13 July.
Cory Scott Jefferies is accused of killing mother-of-three Kim Richmond after a night drinking and watching rugby.
The body of Mitchell Paterson, 26, was found in the water at McLaren Falls, near Tauranga, on July 13.
Kim Richmond disappeared on July 31, 2016, and her body was discovered in her car in Lake Arapuni nearly a year later. Cory Scott Jefferies is accused of her murder.
Cory Scott Jefferies is accused of murdering the mother of three, whose body was found in a lake a year after she went missing.
The 26-year-old father of one's body was found at McLaren Falls a short drive from Tauranga on July 13.