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Gore Bay Reviews and Ratings

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Visitor reviews of Gore Bay surf break

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Gore Bay Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 2 votes. Vote

Quality on a good day: 3.5

(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

Consistency of Surf: 3.5

(1: Gore Bay is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

Difficulty Level: 3.0

(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0

(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Gore Bay are often excellent).

Water Quality: 4.0

(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

Crowds: 4.0

(1: Often too crowded. 5: Gore Bay is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

Access: 5.0

(1: Getting to Gore Bay requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

Scenery: 5.0

(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

Local Attitude: 5.0

(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

Accommodation: 4.0

(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Gore Bay for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

Camping: 5.0

(1: Camping at Gore Bay is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).

Entertainment: 5.0

(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Gore Bay is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).



FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.