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Little Wanganui ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Little Wanganui Spot ID

High tide grey spring morning, Little Wanganui photo

Little Wanganui

Photo credit: Rob Davies

zest in the west, Little Wanganui photo

Little Wanganui

Photo credit: Peter Crowley

Type: beach/river bar

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.8 °C

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 21:19 Local time
TueWednesday 24
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 5
ESE 10
ESE 10
Wind State cross-
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Little Wanganui in North West Coast is an exposed beach/river bar break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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Little Wanganui Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Ghost Lake - Old Ghost Road, 35 km from Little Wanganui.


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Air temperature
2.7 °C

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Overall Little Wanganui Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Town and city forecasts close to Little Wanganui:

  • Closest city location
    63 mi
  • Second closest city location
    99 mi
  • Third closest city location
    142 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    146 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    149 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Little Wanganui is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, 55 km (34 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Little Wanganui is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 98 km (61 miles) away.
  • Third is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 152 km (94 miles) away.
  • Hokitika Airport (HKK) in New Zealand is 171 km (106 miles) away.
  • Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Little Wanganui and is 230 km (143 miles) away.
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