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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Houghton Bay

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, SW Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 41° 20.536' S
Longitude: 174° 47.101' E

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Head south from Wellington city for 10min - not difficult to find

English (Translate this text in English): Head south from Wellington city for 10min - not difficult to find

English (Translate this text in English): Head south from Wellington city for 10min - not difficult to find

English (Translate this text in English): Head south from Wellington city for 10min - not difficult to find

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

Experience

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Pollution

 Additional Information

gets deep quickly, often a shorebreak, so needs a larger swell
quite frustrating trying to catch it when it's working

English (Translate this text in English): gets deep quickly, often a shorebreak, so needs a larger swell<br />quite frustrating trying to catch it when it's working

English (Translate this text in English): gets deep quickly, often a shorebreak, so needs a larger swell&lt;br &#47;&gt;quite frustrating trying to catch it when it's working

English (Translate this text in English): gets deep quickly, often a shorebreak, so needs a larger swell&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;quite frustrating trying to catch it when it's working

Atmosphere

can get crowded, but never as bad as Lyall Bay
quite mellow atmosphere
fickle wave but can be fun
when conditions here are good, it usually means there are better waves to be had elsewhere

English (Translate this text in English): can get crowded, but never as bad as Lyall Bay<br />quite mellow atmosphere<br />fickle wave but can be fun<br />when conditions here are good, it usually means there are better waves to be had elsewhere

English (Translate this text in English): can get crowded, but never as bad as Lyall Bay&lt;br &#47;&gt;quite mellow atmosphere&lt;br &#47;&gt;fickle wave but can be fun&lt;br &#47;&gt;when conditions here are good, it usually means there are better waves to be had elsewhere

English (Translate this text in English): can get crowded, but never as bad as Lyall Bay&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;quite mellow atmosphere&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;fickle wave but can be fun&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;when conditions here are good, it usually means there are better waves to be had elsewhere

General

good for a quick after work surf, rarely excellent

English (Translate this text in English): good for a quick after work surf, rarely excellent

English (Translate this text in English): good for a quick after work surf, rarely excellent

English (Translate this text in English): good for a quick after work surf, rarely excellent

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By anonymous , 13-12-2005

- Can anyone tell me, what the sand bars are like at the moment? From the photo it looks pretty good.cheers,overseas local

By anonymous , 29-06-2005

- havent surfed thios place in about a year... are tha banks any better yet?? theyve been nafed for a while

By Vaughan , 18-05-2005

goes off - yes its ture, i have surfed this place all my life and have had some hollow days, on the rights and the lefts

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