This spot only works when the tide is high about 1 hour before high tide and 90 min after high tide (roughly). You can check the Lyttleton tide. The water takes longer to get to the estuary than it does in the Lyttlelon harbour, so the high tide at the estuary is about 45min to 1 hour behind Lyttleton.

You need an Easterly or SE wind for this spot to work. The wind gets accelerated by the hills and it will be stronger than the beach by 2 to 4 knots. Too much North and the wind will be gusty, too much South and it won’t come through.

It’s flat and perfect for beginners or practice your tricks.

There can be a lot of weed which is painful, you will see it, it makes the water darker, try to stay at the back.

You will need to walk to the “channel” to get started, ideally, you want to stay in it or behind it.

Beginners will just go downwind and walk back upwind.

It’s a great spot shared with kiters, boats and windsurfers, so be aware of the crowd.


Additional Details

  • Average wave heights (breaking shore waves to ride):0-2ft
  • Distance from waters edge to safe foiling depth.: 20-40m
  • Rider level:Beginner, Intermediate
  • Shore Description: Estuary
  • Best wind direction: E, SE
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  • Best Tides:High
  • Best time of year:Dec - Feb, Mar - May
  • Comments::Best 60mins/90mins either side of high tide
  • Car Parking:Sealed
  • Rigging Area: Sealed
  • Entering the Water:Boat Ramp
  • Average Wind: 10-15kts
  • Best area or direction to ride:100m infront of rigging area
  • Other likely on-water activities to watch for:Boating, Families, Sailing
  • Obstacles on the water:Weed / Sea Lettuce

1 Review for Christchurch Estuary



1 Reviews

Great spot for learning tacks!

5.0/ 5

Can be very busy on the weekends with other water users and try not to swallow any water as it can be a bit stinky at times. No toilets here.

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