Plimmerton

Wellington's northerly wind, and most popular wavespot. Heaps of parking, changing rooms, grass rigging and a nice sand beach. No shorebreak to speak of.

The waves form on a sandbar in the middle of the bay. Once you have your waterstarts nailed, this is the place for learning to wavesail or to get the most air you have ever experienced. Its a slow wave, starboard tack wavesailing. Mostly cross-onshore, average headhigh wave.

Who does it suit

Plimmerton is used by all levels of sailors, from first time wavesailors, to experienced old timers throwing big loops and hitting lips. Its a really fun spot for shredding it up. Plimmerton is also rated by slalom sailors, in any southerly aswell as light northerly winds. Great course racing on "calm" days out to Mana Island.

How do I get there

Take State highway 1 the west coast highway north past Porirua. Watch for the Plimmerton turn off. Spot is located at the railway crossing when entering Plimmerton. Takes about 30 minutes from central Wellington. 

What should I look out for

Some rigging and parking is right by the railway line, and you may end up carrying gear across the road. Look out for trains and cars. Avoid parking in private drive ways. 

There is a group of rocks on the shore about 200m south of the grass rigging area. If you break equipment on the water, or are forced to swim, its safe to avoid these rocks by heading further south and coming ashore on sand, and walking back.

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Plimmerton attracts a good crew

What are the best conditions

Best 1 to 2 hours after high tide. The tides are extremely important, might be flat on an incoming tide, but headhigh waves a couple of hours later ! Most common and required wind direction is N to NW, which will produce above mentioned conditions. The more N it goes the gustier and difficult it gets especially if you are new to the spot. Some like this, as the waverides get more sideshore. Beginners to Plimmerton should pick a NW day instead since getting out is quite a bit easier.

Something for everyone at Plimmy

A couple of times a year with the support of a big groundswell coming in from the Tasman, waves can get logo high plus on the bar and produce some great wavesailing as long as the wind does not go too far to the west.

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