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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 Surf Guide

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.

Little Wanganui Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach/river barIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Little Wanganui:

The best conditions reported for surf at Little Wanganui 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 Little Wanganui (for consistent clean waves)?

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Little Wanganui 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 42% of the time in August while 54% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
42%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
54%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Little Wanganui Location Map

Interactive Little Wanganui 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 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.

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Little Wanganui Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 17:26 Local Time
Tuesday 18Wed
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m) 5.0
W
5.0
W
5.0
W
5.0
W
Period (s) 12 13 14 15
Wind (km/h) 35
WSW 30
WSW 30
SW 25
WSW
Wind State on cross-
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Swell History at Little Wanganui

Surf stats for Little Wanganui, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Little Wanganui

Wind stats for Little Wanganui, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Little Wanganui Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s55.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Andy from New Zealand
“I watched it for 4 days and it seems to be very fickle here. A lot of sand moving and big messy swells and SW wind make it very changeable. It would probably have its day but we didn't see it. Scored Tauranga bay good thou. Cheers”

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    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s32.6
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    • Icon beach  redBreakwater
    • Icon  s43.6
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    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon beachBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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