About Little Wanganui

If you're heading north from Westport, it's close to 70 miles before you'll get to enjoy your first glimpse of Little Wanganui as the highway swings sharply towards the coast as you cross the Little Wanganui River. The river's got some great trout fishing, and you'll find plenty of whitebait in this, and all of the rivers of the Karamea region.

The rivermouth is a good place to start looking for a peak. It can get some good sandbars forming from the sediment build up. The beach stretches off to the north for quite some distance, with the road running parallel alongside it, meaning you can cruise slowly and spot the best peaks without too much difficulty. The town of Karamea is located at the northern end of this stretch of beach.

Source: Little Wanganui Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner

Beg Int Adv

Beginner

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow, quiet.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Crowds are rare in these parts. Locals are scarce, and with most surfers prepared to travel to get the best waves around, you'll find a welcoming feel from fellow wave-riders.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

A good wave for those that are looking for a more relaxing surf venture.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Good

Additional Information

Hazards

Turning your back on the ocean.

Access

Very easy

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

All year

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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