Atawhai is a popular spot with local windsurfers, and when strong winds combine with high tides you’ll see more people on the water here than at any other time. It is a high tide only windsurfing location and is accessed off State Highway 6, just to the north of Nelson.


There is a good grassy area for parking and rigging. There is a fresh water tap, but not much else! There is a 4square for those mid-session munchies just up the road in Atawhai. Extreme caution should be used when leaving or joining State Highway 6. It is a fast stretch of road. Sometimes drivers might be busy watching the windsurfers rather than the road…. so be very careful!

Ideal wind & tide combo: SW / NW, 1 hour either side of High Tide only!