Glendowie Sandspit

Continent
Oceania
Country
New Zealand
Next Big City
Auckland (North Island)
Next Town
Glendowie
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
None

Water

Type:
Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Currents, Ships
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
High tide

Super flat on the northern side. Small chop on southern side. Depending on tide there is a current flowing in the channel. Works on all tides but best at high tide.

Beach

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

The beach is narrow at high tide. Launch off the end of the sand spit. No real issues with the launch except the strong wind. Beach is mostly sand with a few shells. Entry is by 3 methods: 1) launch from southern side and sail round the point. 2) walk 500m along the spit from Glendowie and launch from end (best option). 3) sail across estuary from Buckland Beach side. This works great at low tide but watch current and ferries and moored yachts.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, June, July, August, December
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
SSE, S, SSW, SW
Main Direction:
S, SW, W

This spot only suits wind over 20 knots. Best direction is SW to SSE which occur during winter and also during summer along with the occasional 15-25 knot thermal. The strong westerlies common in spring are the wrong direction for this spot. In winter the southerlies work great here.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Head to Glendowie, get the map out and head to the end of West Tamaki Rd.

Extra information

Rules
Other

Watch for tidal currents in channel, ferries etc. Use a kite leash at all times.

Nightlife

No information