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Paturau River break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Paturau River Surf Guide

Paturau River in Nelson - West Coast is an exposed beach break that usually has waves 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 Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks consists of lefts and primariliy left reef breaks. and also offers a left hand point break too. Best around low tide. Crowds are never a problem here. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Paturau River Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Paturau River:

The best conditions reported for surf at Paturau River occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Paturau River with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in February while 62% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% 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.
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Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Paturau River Location Map

Interactive Paturau River 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 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.

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Paturau River Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 June 2023, 11:54 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 22 21 20 20
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Paturau River

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

Wind History at Paturau River

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

Paturau River Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Mary Shaw from New Zealand
“What an amazing place. The wind was unbelievable, whipping up the water off the river and rising it to the top of the cliffs!! On a calm day, the place was just as awesome. :) :)”

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