Blue Cliffs

Quality Rating: 
5
Wave Type: 
Beach break
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Shape: 
Soft
Fat
Punchy
Optimal Swell Direction: 
S
Optimal Wind Direction: 
N
Tide: 
Mid
High
Incoming
Beach Type: 
Sand
Stones
Skill Level: 
Beginner
Crowd Level: 
2
Danger: 
Cold. River mouths often have strong currents or rips.

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Description: 

Blue Cliffs is a beach break on a sandy beach, located near the mouth of the Waiau River, in Te Waewae Bay. There You can surf anywhere along this stretch of coastline. The Waiau River mouth is one of the better spots with good right handers into the river mouth. There are lots of other peaks down the beach to choose from, with both right and left handers on offer. At the western end of the beach it can get a bit more sheltered with some good peaks. The waves can be inconsistant, but when the conditions are right there are some good, punchy, fun waves. Godd for surfers of all levels. It gets colder down this area, so wear plenty of rubber. River mouths often have strong currents and rips, so watch out.

Directions: 
From Invercargill head noth on North Road State Highway 6 out of town and turn left onto Wallacetown Lorneville Highway State Highway 99. Continue on State Highway 99 through Wallacetown and Riverton, until you get to Tuatapere. At Tuatapere turn left onto Bridge Street, across the Waiau River, onto Half Mile Road, then turn left onto Papatotara Road. At the end of the road either turn left to surf the river mouth, or turn right onto Bluecliffs Road to surf the other peaks down the beach. You can surf anywhere along this stretch of coastline.
Nearest Town: 
Tuatapere
Nearest City: 
Invercargill
Travel Time from City: 
90mins
Road in: 
Seal
Gravel
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
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