Wanganui is situated about 2-3 hrs north of Wellington on the way to New Plymouth, and is one of the windiest
cities (3rd equal with New Plymouth) in NZ. Nearest shop is Ocean & Ice in Palmerston North. Some
of the friendliest sailors around live here.Wanganui is further
down the coast from Taranaki, and boasts some good wavesailing
beaches also. The River can also be sailed in, and there are
canoeing expeditions down the Wanganui River from further up
towards Ohakune. Wanganui also has an interesting museum as the
fertile soils and access via the river made it a popular home for
Maoris for many years.
Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 16 / 0900
Info Centre: 101 Guyton St.
Wanganui. Ph 06 345 3286
Local Shop: The Wind Shed. 62 Taupo Quay. Ph
06 347 1460
Access: By the Wanganui Sailing Club, facilities at
Club. Best 3 hours either side of high tide.
Suits: Slalom, longboard. Beginners....
Wind: NW,W,SW. S is good for the speed bar
at low tide on other side of river.
Watch: Out for logs which float down river
especially after rain.
Hire School: Available at the Wind Shed.
In Detail: The river is sailable in any
wind, however tides are critical, maybe 2-3 hrs either side
of high. Also the tide tends to bring down a lot of wood at
times. River can be polluted at times. Site of the Masters
Games windsurfing (alternate years).
2 KAI-IWI BEACH (AT MOWHANAU TOWNSHIP)
Access: 10 minutes drive north of Wanganui. Camp
grounds, facilities, good parking, grass rigging areas,
Suits: Slalom. Intermediate.....
Wind: W = side onshore. WNW = onshore. E is
Water: Steep chop good for jumping.
3 WAIINU BEACH (WAITOTARA) AND THE POINT
Access: 25 minutes drive north of Wanganui. Open
camping. Launch and sail out through channel markers. No good
at low tide.
Suits: Wavesailing. Beginners.....
Wind: W = cross shore - best direction.
Water: Good long peeling right handers.
Watch: Shell/rock reefs.
In Detail: In a westerly this is the place
to be, right hand point/reef break. About half the swell of Kina Road it still manages mast high
on occasions. The beach offers a milder version of the point
for the conservative.
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