Schnappers Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.2
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.2

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Schnappers Point Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Nelson – Tasman Bay, New Zealand)

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Schnappers Point Spot ID:

Type: point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind SSE

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.3 °C

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Sunday, 29 March 2015, 01:15 Local time

Sat Sunday 29
10PM 1AM 4AM 7AM
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 4 5 5 5
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 15
NNW 10
NNW 15
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Schnappers Point in Nelson - Tasman Bay is an exposed point break that has pretty consitent surf. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. Works best in offshore winds from the south southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the northwest. There is no point break. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. It's often crowded here. Take care to avoid the rocks.

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For Cable Bay, 5 km from Schnappers Point.

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At Nelson Airport, 18 km from Schnappers Point.

light winds from the NE

Air temperature
17.7 °C

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Visitor Reviews of Schnappers Point

Rob Davies from NEW ZEALAND writes:

Schnapper (Snapper) point is by far the most popular break in the Nelson district.

It is located out on the boulder bank, just past the oxidation ponds. It's a nicer setting than it sounds and the views over to the often snow-covered Tasman Mountain is spectacular.

Where the dirt road first reaches the sea you will get a nice view of the swell. Schnappers is usually a but bigger than here so if it looks like there is any swell at all, keep going.

When it is on, it can get crowded by Nelson locals, especially at weekends, but the atmosphere is friendly and there are usually enough waves to go round. The main wave is a steep right hander that can provide makeable hollow sections. There is a left too and although this is described as a close-out in some surf guides, I have found it very good at times with much less competition for waves than the right. The paddle out (and back in) over slippery boulders can be a challenge if you are not wearing boots and often you have to work against the current to stay in position.

Although the Nelson region doesn't receive a lot of swell it would be a mistake for traveling surfers to dismiss it completely because the quality of waves can be excellent and it is certainly one of New Zealand's best towns. Occasionally, when the famous Kaikora coast is either flat or onshore, the Nelson area, 4 hours drive away, is going off.

The reason visiting surfers generally overlooked it is that NW swells are uncommon and usually they are accompanied by onshore winds. Surfing in Nelson usually involves picking the brief window when the wind has dropped but the locally generated swell is still running. Locals get this right and are on it very quickly whereas the chances of passing through Nelson and finding good waves is pretty slim.

It doesn't usually last more than a couple of days, often just a few hours. The much more common SW swells in the Tasman that are so good reliable Taranaki pass Nelson by, on the other side of distant Farewell Spit so all in all there is just a tiny window of swell directions that can get in here; a little better along the coast at Whangamoa.

The exception to the rule that you only get to surf fading windswells is when a sub-tropical depression drops into the Tasman and sends a rare NW groundswell directly into Tasman Bay. When that happens all kinds of weird and wonderful spots start to fire and places like Schnapper, The Cut and Cable Bay approach the quality of New Zealand's more famous locations.


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Schnappers Point:

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Closest break The Glen 1 mi
Second closest break Cable Bay 3 mi
Third closest break Delaware Bay Point 4 mi
Fourth closest break Delaware Bay (East end) 6 mi
Fifth closest break Outer Cut 7 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Schnappers Point:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4420 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4472 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4716 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4777 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 4929 mi

Tide stations nearest to Schnappers Point:

Closest tide station Nelson 8 mi
Second closest tide station Richmond 14 mi
Third closest tide station Mapua 15 mi
Fourth closest tide station Croiselles, South Island 19 mi
Fifth closest tide station Motueka 19 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Schnappers Point:

Closest ski area Rainbow (New Zealand) 55 mi
Second closest ski area Mount Lyford (New Zealand) 88 mi
Third closest ski area Hanmer (New Zealand) 90 mi
Fourth closest ski area Manganui (New Zealand) 135 mi
Fifth closest ski area Temple Basin (New Zealand) 151 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Schnappers Point:

Closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 9 mi
Second closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 39 mi
Third closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 74 mi
Fourth closest city location Porirua (New Zealand) 77 mi
Fifth closest city location Lower Hutt (New Zealand) 81 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Schnappers Point is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 18 km (11 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Schnappers Point is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 56 km (35 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 121 km (75 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Schnappers Point and is 161 km (100 miles) away.
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