Taylors Mistake

Taylors Mistake is one of the most popular surfing spots! How to get there?

Straight coming from Sumner and Scarborough Beach, you follow the shoreline till the end and pass the next hill. Very easy to find, but the way is a bit tricky and needs constant attention. The winding, narrow road down is tight. Taylors Mistake is very close to Christchurch and located on the north side of Godley Head, on the northern edge of Banks Peninsula.

The surf is a fast moving and is good on all tides. Which board size?

Most people who surf ride shortboards here, ranging from about 5’6″ to 6′ 6″, which are best for the fast-breaking waves. Taylors Mistake is a beach break on a sandy ground and is renowned for its clean clear water. The place is surrounded on either side by hills which are the result of volcanic activity in nearby Lyttelton Harbour. The best conditions reported for surf occur when an east-northeast swell combine with an offshore wind direction from the west.  Touch and smell the water. Taylors Mistake is a patrolled beach. You will be safe!

It’s worth paddling out for a surf. It can be magic!

Does the beach invites to a picnic?

Absolutely, bring your own classic sandwiches and lemonade! Be aware, at this spot you will not find any restaurant, shop or supermarket. No phone signal. There are showers and toilets at the beach car park, but no camping ground. The suburb of Sumner has these facilities for you and your camper. If you like to borrow or to buy any wetsuit check out Exit Surf before you enter Taylors Mistake.

Free Surf- forecast information are very handy as well. Here you will find everything what you need to know about the weather and surfing. A livecam operated by some of the bach-holders allows conditions to be checked in advance. If you have any further question look out for the experienced lifeguards at Taylors Mistake by Surf Life Saving Club, directly on the beach.

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