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Surfing at Tauranga Bay & Nine Mile Beach




From Westport, cross the Buller River Bridge and follow the signs to Tauranga Bay. Nine Mile Beach is just over the hill off the signposted road to Okari

Surfing at Tauranga Bay & Nine Mile Beach

Tauranga Bay is a recognised surfing mecca and seal colony down the Cape Foulwind road, south of Westport. It has a left-hand point and beach break, which is best at low tide in a 2 metre swell. Just over the hill is Nine Mile Beach, which faces south-west and puts up some of the best beach breaks along this coast in the right conditions.

These two beaches are just around the corner from each other, as they clash and run together at a point.

Tauranga Bay is a suitable place to swim, (sometimes), and is safer for surfing than Nine Mile beach.

West Coast beaches in New Zealand are known for strong ocean rips (currents which sweep you out to sea) from time to time. So if you decide to go for a swim or a surf, never go alone, take local advice, only do this on an incoming tide, and always always landmark yourself.  Nine Mile beach is for experienced surfers only.

At low tide at Tauranga Bay, saltwater mussels can be gathered – make sure you respect the per person limits and don’t take them from May through to the end of August when they are spatting and are thin and not good to eat.

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