by Mike Johnson
Cobden is a suburb to the north of Greymouth on the West Coast of New Zealand. The Grey River separates Cobden from the rest of Greymouth. To the north is the Rapahoe Range, also called the Twelve Apostles Range. State Highway 6 skirts the south-eastern edge of Cobden. The population was 1,707 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 30 from 2001. During the period, 1853 to 1876, Cobden was administrated as part of the Nelson Province.
Cobden Beach is located on the north side of the breakwater, at the mouth of the Grey River. From Greymouth head north up the main street, across the Cobden Bridge, and turn left onto Bright Street. Head to the end of the street and turn left onto Domett Esplanade, then find a car park. Alternatively, from Bright Street you can take a left and then right onto Hill Quay which takes you onto the breakwater.
Cobden Beach< is a sandy, beach break with a rock breakwater at the south end of the beach. Cobden is best right up beside the breakwater, and there are other peaks down the beach towards The Channel. Can be quite shifty and peaky, but there are good solid pits on offer, both rights and lefts. Can hold big swells, but can make for a hard paddle out when big. Can be better to jump of the breakwater to get out. Best for intermediate to expert riders.