Continent
Oceania
Country
New Zealand
Next Big City
Wellington
Next Town
Palmerston North, Foxton Beach
 
Type:
Ocean, River, River Mouth
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, Camping, School, Shop, Repair, Rental, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
Currents
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Low tide

Estuary is Perfect for beginners in SW or W as you can only get washed up on the sand bank further down the estuary if you can't relaunch, and is cross onshore to the Foxton side. NW is cross off in the estuary so if you cannot keep upwind, ride in the surf on the beach as its cross on in a NW, otherwise you will end up on the Waiterere side with a long swim ahead of you. If you do end up on Waiterere side, you can downwind it across the estuary to the Manawatu sailing Club about 500m further inland, then get out there and walk the 10 minute esplanade walk back to the estuary set up point. Manawatu Estuary, flat water, sandy bottom. Be very mindful of Whitebaiters and fishermen along the edge of the estuary and stay out of their way when heading out into the estuary. Fishing lines don't make good necklaces. Stay closer to the beach and river mouth than the town as it gets gusty the further inland you get, as well as the bird sanctuary to look out for. The main channel of the river is on the far side of the estuary so stick to the Foxton side unless you're prepared for the current. 5 to 6 knot current at lower tide. If light wind, an outgoing tide is your friend as you get excellent wind against tide in the mouth. 8 knot sessions well doable in outgoing tide. Nice waves on the ocean side, flat inside river mouth. Big shallow area. On a spring low tide with a low tide level below 0.4m there is a really good speed bar from the end of the dunes at the river mouth going out to sea for about 700m. It's a square course in NW wind. West wind works best on the speed course.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

Big sandy beach, lots of space.

Weather

Spring:
Normal
Summer:
Shorty
Fall:
Normal
Winter:
Normal

Summer months, October to April around 20+°C), best May to June marginal.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, September, October, November, December
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
S, SSW, SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW, NNW
Main Direction:
NW

Frontal driven winds, normally NW. Best from October to February. In the estuary, SW thru W to NW. Also SE. Works best in SW or W with outgoing tide. On the beach S thru W to N.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No walk

From Palmerston North southwest to Foxton and Foxton Beach. When you get into Foxton Beach keep going on the main road until you see a campground ahead to the left in Pinewood Rd. Pass the entrance to the campground to the left and drive over a big wide sandy area the size of several football fields towards the dunes next to the river. Park and rig here for sailing on super flat water on the river. For wave sailing drive further through the village past the campground towards the surf life saving club. Big parking area there.

Extra information

Rules
None

You can ride in front of Foxton Beach on the ocean or further south in the river mouth. If the beach is busy in Foxton Beach: walk downwind 100m either way to set up. Do not ride thru the flags if people are swimming. Don't fly your kites over beachgoers. There is a bird sanctuary near the town end of the estuary so stay away from here, the closer you ride to the mouth the better.

Nightlife

Simply Balmy Beach Cafe, licensed and good food.