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Paturau River ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.2
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 2.9

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Paturau River Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Nelson – West Coast, New Zealand)

Paturau River Spot ID

Paturau Campsite, Paturau River photo

Paturau River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Autumn early morning, Paturau River photo

Paturau River

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Paddling out at Paturau, Paturau River photo

Paturau River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Low water at Paturau, Paturau River photo

Paturau River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.3 °C

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Sunday, 27 May 2018, 11:41 Local time
Sunday 27
Wave (m) 3.0
Period (s) 10 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 25
SW 25
SW 20
SW 10
Wind State cross cross cross cross-

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Paturau River in Nelson - West Coast is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Poor surf in light onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks are all lefts and both right and left reef breaks (left is best). and in addition, there is also a left hand point break. Best around low tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Whanganui Inlet, New Zealand, 9 km from Paturau River.

IS AT (local time)

Paturau River Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Whanganui Inlet, 13 km from Paturau River.

light winds from the WNW

Air temperature
12.3 °C

Current weather near Paturau River

Overall Paturau River Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Town and city forecasts close to Paturau River:

  • Closest city location
    62 mi
  • Second closest city location
    99 mi
  • Third closest city location
    129 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    129 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    134 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Paturau River is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, which is 98 km (61 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Paturau River is Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 154 km (96 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Paturau River, Nelson - West Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Paturau River sea temperature, Paturau River photographs, Paturau River detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Paturau River webcams, current wind from Nelson - West Coast live weather stations and Paturau River tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Paturau River.