Aramoana Spit Spot Guide

About Aramoana Spit

Drive the 20 km out of Dunedin towards Port Chalmers and turn left to Spit Beach when you reach Aramoana. Nearby there are plenty of other options worth checking, including Penguin Beach and Murdering Bay. Other spots worth a look include Pipikaretu, Long Beach and Potato Point. There are also some damn fine waves in Aramoana. The Spit tends to turn it on in the warmer months, and is capable of producing epic waves, with hollow peaks breaking left and right all the way along the length of this picturesque beach. Powerful, grinding barrels are the order of the day here, and even when it's firing, you're likely to be sharing the experience with only a handful of other surfers in the frigid waters.

Source: Aramoana Spit Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels - depending on conditions. When it's on, advanced surfers only

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pay your respect to locals and experience the camaraderie of cold-water surfing.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Rarely crowded, and if you're prepared to walk up the beach you should be able to find your own peak.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

An abundance of quality waves that you don't have to share with too many people.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not bad, rips and longshore currents on a bigger swell.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Turning your back on the ocean.


Easy. Parking available at the beach.

Bring Your




Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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