Ocean Bay

On the western side of Port Underwood, with ready road access via Port Underwood Road, lies Ocean Bay.

An attractive bay, with deep water along its sides and a sandy beach at its head, it's a great spot for picnicking in summer.

Ocean Bay is completely open to wind and swell from the S, which makes for great surfing.

However, for boats, given the semi-circle shape of the bay, it only gives limited shelter from strong N to NW sector winds.

Ocean Bay is popular with beach-goers as it is great for swimming and in close proximity to the main centre of Blenheim.

History

There was once a popular school in Ocean Bay run by Reverend John Crump, as well as two whaling stations in the 1930s - 1940s. For more information see: http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/conservation/historic/topics/archaelogy-nz-shore-whaling.pdf
Popularity
Low
Anchorage
Can be pleasant
Shelter
Sheltered only from N to NW winds. Not suitable in a southerly.
Holding
Good
Depth
Shallow (<5m) | Mid (5-10m) - gradually sloping seabed.
Type of beach
Sand
Swimming/recreation
Popular as a summer swimming location
Local knowledge
Good fishing and crayfish diving
Moorings
Between 5 and 20