South Point

(AKA Mana Island) Mana, New Zealand

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General Information

Mana Island is the smaller of two islands that lie off the southwest coast of the North Island of New Zealand (the larger is Kapiti Island). The island’s name is an abbreviation of Te Mana o Kupe, "the mana of Kupe".

Mana Island is a three-kilometre long, 2.17 square kilometre table, with cliffs covering much of its coast and a plateau occupying much of the centre. It lies three kilometres off the North Island coast in the Tasman Sea, west of the city of Porirua and to the south of the entrance to Porirua Harbour.

edited by chris 20.06.09


Surfing

Accessable by boat (or fairly fit SUPers) and sits 4.6km from Titahi Bay.

A righthand point break that peels off the end off the point  for 50-100m. This place is an awesome wave, and breaks on a south swell and a north swell. The south swell hits the point head on and peels down in inside the island. In a north swell raps it right round the point and up the inside.

Its rarely surfed, as the conditions have to be 'just right' and access can be difficult.  There are unusual currents with the meeting of opposing currents at the south end of mana island, so the surf can be very much affected by the tides. Time it right and you will be suprised.

Its been said that in the space of 30 min the surf can change from choppy 1-2ft waves to 4-5ft waves polished by the offshores into emerald like jewels.  If you watch this place maybe you will get barrelled.

edited by chris 20.06.09

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