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Back Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 4.0

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Winter Sunset, Back Beach photo

Back Beach

Photo credit: Russell Maunder

Back Beach one winter morning photo

Back Beach

Photo credit: Haley Phillips

summer fun, Back Beach photo

Back Beach

Photo credit: Shane

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.3 °C

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Thursday, 21 February 2019, 10:52 Local time
Thursday 21
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 15 15 14 14
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
NNE 10
N 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross

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Back Beach in Taranaki is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the east. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Port Taranaki, New Zealand, 5 km from Back Beach.

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Back Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Herekawe Valley New Plymouth wx, 4 km from Back Beach.


Air temperature
19.3 °C

Current weather near Back Beach

Overall Back Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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  • The closest passenger airport to Back Beach is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 19 km (12 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Back Beach is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 131 km (81 miles) away.
  • Third is Hamilton Airport (HLZ) in New Zealand, 180 km (112 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 186 km (116 miles) away.
  • Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Back Beach and is 195 km (121 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Back Beach, Taranaki. Use the tab navigation above to view Back Beach sea temperature, Back Beach photographs, Back Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Back Beach webcams, current wind from Taranaki live weather stations and Back Beach tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Back Beach.