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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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 Kahutara

New Zealand, New Zealand SI, NE Coast

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 Access

Kahutara is a few kilometres south of Kaikoura township. Its located straight out in front of the Kahutara river and bridge. There are two main places to park up. First is just south of the bridge. The second is about 200 meters past the bridge, take a right turn onto a bumpy muddy track which will take you up into a parking area straight out from the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Kahutara is a few kilometres south of Kaikoura township. Its located straight out in front of the Kahutara river and bridge. There are two main places to park up. First is just south of the bridge. The second is about 200 meters past the bridge, take a right turn onto a bumpy muddy track which will take you up into a parking area straight out from the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Kahutara is a few kilometres south of Kaikoura township. Its located straight out in front of the Kahutara river and bridge. There are two main places to park up. First is just south of the bridge. The second is about 200 meters past the bridge, take a right turn onto a bumpy muddy track which will take you up into a parking area straight out from the break.

English (Translate this text in English): Kahutara is a few kilometres south of Kaikoura township. Its located straight out in front of the Kahutara river and bridge. There are two main places to park up. First is just south of the bridge. The second is about 200 meters past the bridge, take a right turn onto a bumpy muddy track which will take you up into a parking area straight out from the break.

DistanceDay trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

Bottom

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast

Good wind directionWest, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

There are many access points into the water so take your safest pick on the day. Be aware though of the large shore dump during big swells. On a big day the drops can be late and sick, then you will be cruising on a sweet right hander for ages.

English (Translate this text in English): There are many access points into the water so take your safest pick on the day. Be aware though of the large shore dump during big swells. On a big day the drops can be late and sick, then you will be cruising on a sweet right hander for ages.

English (Translate this text in English): There are many access points into the water so take your safest pick on the day. Be aware though of the large shore dump during big swells. On a big day the drops can be late and sick, then you will be cruising on a sweet right hander for ages.

English (Translate this text in English): There are many access points into the water so take your safest pick on the day. Be aware though of the large shore dump during big swells. On a big day the drops can be late and sick, then you will be cruising on a sweet right hander for ages.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere is electric during the big swells in the weekends. Locals, and visitors flock to this area along with the other breaks in this region. The views are worldclass, with the snowy maintains and luscious green hills this place is perfect.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere is electric during the big swells in the weekends. Locals, and visitors flock to this area along with the other breaks in this region. The views are worldclass, with the snowy maintains and luscious green hills this place is perfect.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere is electric during the big swells in the weekends. Locals, and visitors flock to this area along with the other breaks in this region. The views are worldclass, with the snowy maintains and luscious green hills this place is perfect.

English (Translate this text in English): The atmosphere is electric during the big swells in the weekends. Locals, and visitors flock to this area along with the other breaks in this region. The views are worldclass, with the snowy maintains and luscious green hills this place is perfect.

General

Overall this place rocks so try to hit it on a large swell to ride fast hollow long right handers. Peace out!

English (Translate this text in English): Overall this place rocks so try to hit it on a large swell to ride fast hollow long right handers. Peace out!

English (Translate this text in English): Overall this place rocks so try to hit it on a large swell to ride fast hollow long right handers. Peace out!

English (Translate this text in English): Overall this place rocks so try to hit it on a large swell to ride fast hollow long right handers. Peace out!

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By andyT
Jun 1, 2007
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By skull , 21-09-2006

- saw it firing there last week while on a ski trip....only 3 guys out, 3 -4 ft, hollow, clean. Lucky buggersPity I didn't have my surfboard or wettie. Next trip to NZ i'll have to bring my board

By Anonymous , 21-09-2006

- saw it firing there last week while on a ski trip....only 3 guys out, 3 -4 ft, hollow, clean. Lucky buggersPity I didn't have my surfboard or wettie. Next trip to NZ i'll have to bring my board

By anonymous , 17-06-2005

Trots favourite wave in Kaiks - Heavy inside section..surf it too far inside, and you will know what it´s like to be inside the famous 'washing machine'. Not the Fisher and Paykel model, but the Kaikoura special.

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