About Westport Jetty

Westport is a relaxed town of around 6,000 people, and it's a great base for checking out what the neighboring region has to offer. It has a nice cruisy feel to it, while still providing the comforts you may have been missing if you've been on the spartan west coast for too long.

The town still operates as a fishing village and functioning seaport, so there's no excuse for not finding a great feed of fish after a fun surf at the Breakwater.

The waves are located just out of town where the breakwater keeps the entrance to the Buller River in check. Head out past the horse track and follow the road out to the jetty where you can park easily. You can drive onto the beach if you're keen.

The surf can get great here, left and right peaks that peel and throw-out down the line. There can be a fair bit of water moving around though, due to it being a river mouth and the fact that it also gets quite a big tidal range happening. It's definitely a spot worth checking out on any west coast tour.

Source: Westport Jetty Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner, Intermediate

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Local surfers are mellow, but lock car.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

No crowd to worry about, gets busier on summer holiday weekends.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Gets good when it's on and offers up plenty of peaks.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can get heavy currents and rips.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not bad, but is in front of a rivermouth so can get dirty after a rain

Additional Information


Rip currents.


Easy access, jump off the rocks to avoid a paddle out.

Bring Your




Best Season

All year, obviously cold in winter

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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