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Foxton Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.7
Consistency of Surf: 1.6
Difficulty Level: 1.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.2
Crowds: 2.2

Overall: 2.1

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Foxton Beach break guidePhoto by: Tomwhiteman

Foxton Beach Surf Guide

Foxton Beach in Wanganui-Manawatu is a fairly exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Rarely crowded here.

Foxton Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Foxton Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Foxton Beach occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Foxton Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Foxton Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in August while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 69% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Foxton Beach surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Foxton Beach is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Foxton Beach is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 52 km (32 miles) away.

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Foxton Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 20 June 2021, 13:53 Local Time
Sunday 20Mon
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 11 11 6 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Foxton Beach

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Wind History at Foxton Beach

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Foxton Beach Reviews:

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Based on 41 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s22.1
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s21.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s21.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s21.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.2
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Dan Kane from New Zealand
“I see pretty much all the comments say this is a crap place for surfing which is true, it's pretty polluted too being at the mouth of one of the worst polluted rivers in NZ and I know of several people getting pretty sick with gastroenteritis bugs after swimming at this beach. The ocean water is generally a dirty brown for the vast majority of the year due to this disgusting river.

There are also several comments for and against the carpark localism. I have witnessed both sides, the friendly people and the angry youths who think they own the entire planet on the weekends. The carpark is a drinking and burnout pad in the summer evenings, the cops are based in Levin at that time of the night and take at least 30 minutes to attend a call out to the beach. The local policeman is great, but he's one guy and not able to police 24/7. I would think a complete alcohol ban (rather than new years eve and Guy Fawkes night) and speed bumps placed strategically throughout the entire carpark would curb these bad behaviors. Most other beach carparks have these things already in place. I have seen idiots on the turps being abusive and playing loud offensive music in front of families trying to eat their fish and chips peacefully watching the sunset. And I know of two people who have had their cars tampered with while out walking.

To be honest the bad stories are what puts people off coming back to a place even if they happen only rarely.”

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