Inner Cut ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5
Accommodation: 5.0

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Inner Cut Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Nelson – Tasman Bay, New Zealand)

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Inner Cut photo

Photo credit: Dave Scranney

Inner Cut photo

Photo credit: Dave Scranney

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Inner Cut Spot ID:

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.6 °C

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 00:20 Local time

Tue Wednesday 01
10PM 1AM 4AM 7AM
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 6 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 10
E 10
SSE 10
SSE 10
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Inner Cut in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a reasonably exposed point break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. There is no point break. Best around high tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

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15 °C

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Overall Inner Cut Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Visitor Reviews of Inner Cut

Rob Davies from NEW ZEALAND writes:

I shouldn't really review a place I have never surfed, but what the heck. My mate from Nelson has surfed The Cut and sent me an email which I'll quote below:

"This is a sweet and deceptively powerful wave. A gem in Nelson that works on a Westerly and even a NW. The paddle out is far too long, the other two riders had a dinghy. This is a good idea as once you are out it takes a while for your arms and shoulders to recover."

I've got a lot of respect for the whole Nelson area. It's totally off the map for most surfers but when it is working (NW swell needed) the surf is classy.

Twice in 2009 I set off on big trips out of the Nelson area to surf Kaikoura one trip and Gissie and East Cape on the other.

4 weeks on the road in total, and inevitably some great waves, but both times I had better waves in the Nelson area. Go figure.


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Inner Cut:

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Closest break Outer Cut 1 mi
Second closest break Tahunanui 1 mi
Third closest break Rabbit Island 6 mi
Fourth closest break Schnappers Point 8 mi
Fifth closest break The Glen 8 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Inner Cut:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4427 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4480 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4723 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4784 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 4937 mi

Tide stations nearest to Inner Cut:

Closest tide station Nelson 1 mi
Second closest tide station Richmond 6 mi
Third closest tide station Mapua 8 mi
Fourth closest tide station Motueka 16 mi
Fifth closest tide station Astrolabe Road 23 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Inner Cut:

Closest ski area Rainbow (New Zealand) 47 mi
Second closest ski area Mount Lyford (New Zealand) 81 mi
Third closest ski area Hanmer (New Zealand) 83 mi
Fourth closest ski area Manganui (New Zealand) 142 mi
Fifth closest ski area Temple Basin (New Zealand) 144 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Inner Cut:

Closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 1 mi
Second closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 40 mi
Third closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 79 mi
Fourth closest city location Porirua (New Zealand) 83 mi
Fifth closest city location Lower Hutt (New Zealand) 86 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to The Cut-Nelson Harbour is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to The Cut-Nelson Harbour is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 58 km (36 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 150 km (93 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to The Cut-Nelson Harbour and is 150 km (93 miles) away.
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