West Coast

Shingles

Shingles is a sandy/shingle beach break up the mouth of the Buller River, on the north bank of the river. This is one of the only fresh water breaks in New Zealand. Needs a big North West swell to get working. Right hand point break that is nice and mellow on the lower tide and good and wally on the higher tide, some times hollow too. Good for all surfers.

Fox River

Fox River is a left hand point break on a mostly sandy beach off the rocks at the Fox River mouth. The wave breaks over the rocks at the southern end of the beach, then peels across the beach. Its a long, wally wave with several sections to play with. You can go through the cave across the river in the side of the point and come out the end of the point to paddle out behind  the rocks. Good for surfers of all levels. River mouths often have strong currents and rips, so watch out. 

Waimaire

Waimaire is a beach break, river mouth break on a soft shingle beach. There are lots of peaks along the beach to choose from, offering both right and left handers. the wave can be variable depending on shingle banks and swell direction. It can produce good wally, or hollow waves. Best for intermediate to expert surfers. River mouths often have strong currents and rips, so watch out.

Karamea

Karamea is a beach break and river mouth bar on a soft shingle beach. You can surf any where along this section of coastline where you will find various peaks to choose from all the way along. The wave is usually punchy and can get a hollow shorey. Best for intermediate to expert surfers. River mouths often have strong currents and rips, so watch out.

Little Wanganui

Little Wanganui is a beach break on a golden sand beach, with a river mouth at the southern end of the beach. You can surf anywhere along this section of coastline, there are lots of peaks to choose from scattered down the beach, offering both left and right handers. The wave has a punchy drop with good wally rides, and often gets a hollow shorey. Best for intermediate to expert surfers. 

Carters Beach

Carters Beach is a sandy beach break along the coast west of the Buller River, just out front of the Airport. Lots of peaks down the beach with both right and lefts handers. peaky, punchy waves, can be more of a shore break. Good for all surfers.

Westport Breakwater

Westport breakwater is located at the  mouth of the Buller River. It can be surfed on either side of the breakwater and both sides feature a sandy beach with a peaky beach break. Westport breakwater waves offer both right and left handers, and produce puncy waves with steep, gnarly drop ins. Intermediate to expert surfers. River mouths often have strong currents and rips so watch out.

Punakaiki River

Punakaiki River beach is a sandy beach with the popular pancake rocks at the rocky point on the notthern end of the beach, which is a popular tourist spot. Park and paddle out on the northern side of the river. The beach features a beach break with several peaks to choose from, with both right and left handers. The wave can be gnarly, with a steep drop in and hollow pits. Best for intermediate to advanced surfers. River mouths often have strong rips and currents, so watch out.

Punakaiki Beach

Punakaiki Beach is a sandy beach with the popular pancake rocks and Blowhole on the rocky point at the Southern end of the beach, which is a popular tourist spot. The beach features a beach break with several peaks to choose from, or usually best on the left hander off the blowhole rocks, southern end of the beach at low tide. The wave is usually a bit fat, but punchy fun waves. At high tide you get a bouch back off the shore. Good for learners or all abilities. Punakaiki is quite shelted from strong winds and picks up good swell and is usually bigger than other spots.

The Channel

The Channel is a sandy, beach break on the north side of the Grey River at Cobden. Known as the beach break along the beach from the Cobden break water. Several peaks down the beach to choose from with both right and left handers. Can be quite shifty and peaky, but there are good solid pits on offer, with some long rides possible. Can hold big swells, but can make for a hard paddle out when big. Suitable for all levels of surf, or when bigger best for intermediate to expert riders.

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