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The Interisland ferry takes you across the Cook Strait,
through the scenic Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton, a small
fishing town offering plenty of accommodation for the stream of
passers-through. There are a few good places for windsurfing in
the Marlborough Sounds, like the Mahakipawa Arm, but the
surrounding high hills tend to disturb the wind.
Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 28 / 0900
Info Centre: Ferry Terminal Bldg. Ph
03 573 6855.
Local Contact: Glenn Robertson, Ph 03 578 0186
Closest Shop: Preston Windsurfing, 70 Stansell St,
Nelson. Ph 03 548 4011
Access: From the Picton Yacht Club. All facilities
at the Club. Shelly beach.
Suits: Slalom, longboarding. Beginners....
Wind: E, NE, N.
Water: Flat - short chop
Watch: Ferries and other harbour traffic.
Access: 10 minutes drive from Picton, follow the
signposts, carry gear from car park to beach, (5 - 10 minutes
walk) and assemble rig on the shingle beach.
Suits: Slalom. Experienced...
Wind: E, NE, NW.
Water: Good chop for jumping
Watch: Ferries and other boats.
3 WAIRAU BAR AND RIVER
Access: 15 minutes drive from Blenheim. Take Highway
One north out of Blenheim, and turn right before Tuamarina.
Head to the end of Wairau Bar Rd. Plenty of parking but no
Suits: Slalom, longboard. Intermediate...
Wind: NW = predominant. W = best in river.
SE = best for waves.
Water: Best when not flooding or current is
too strong. Flat in river and up to 2m out on bar.
Watch: Outgoing river current especially at
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