Mangamaunu Spot Guide

About Mangamaunu

Many would say this is New Zealand's best right-hand point. If you get it when it's on, you'll find it hard to argue. A perfect, long right point only 15 minutes north of Kaikoura, when its working you'll spot the wave from some distance away. Take your eyes off the lineup for just long enough to swing into the unmarked gravel car park right next to the highway and jump into you wetsuit post haste.

The wave bends beautifully around a perfectly sculpted sweeping point, reminiscent of Malibu, with an amazing ride to match. At is best, Manga's will serve up rides of well over 200 yards, with quality snap-able walls and several hollow sections thrown in for good measure.

Even when it's not perfect, Manga's can be plenty of fun, with sometimes up to three different rideable sections to choose from. And if it's not big enough, there are other options in the area, like Meatworks, which can be a pretty classy wave on its day.

Source: Mangamaunu Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv


Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Only hassling when crowded.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Weekdays pretty good, weekends can get busy

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Considered one of if not the best right point in the country.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not bad on average, but you can spend some energy getting back to the top of the point after a long ride.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Turning your back on the ocean.


Easy. Simply park cross the train track and the road, and you're virtually in the lineup.

Bring Your



Rocky, but not nasty.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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