Paturau, West Coast

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Location

Paturau is on the West Coast side of Golden Bay and Farewell spit, located about 175km from Nelson, or about a 3 hour drive with the last 45 minutes on gravel road. Limited mobile reception.

Wind Direction

Paturau is good on broadly Westerly winds, ranging from SW to NW with SW the predominate direction. Beware, the area is known to have strong changeable wind, small kites recommended.

Rider Level

Suitable for experienced level only. Kitesurfers should only ride here if experienced and avoid kitesurfing alone.

Description

Generally strong winds, strong currents, rips, and very big waves. Sandy beach with occasional large rocks. Typically very strong SW wind direction with a westerly swell direction. This is Nelsons premier wave location.

Generally strong winds, strong currents, rips, and very big waves. Sandy beach with occasional large rocks. Typically very strong SW wind direction with a westerly swell direction. This is Nelsons premier wave location. 45min gravel road back to nearest township, limited mobile phone reception.

Self sufficient freedom camping on private land open to the public, please respect land owner and abide by the rules. Bring own spade :-).


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