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Bell Block Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.3

Overall: 3.3

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Bell Block Reef Spot ID

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Bell Block Reef

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Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.8 °C

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Saturday, 23 March 2019, 03:05 Local time
Saturday 23
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 13 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
SE 5
ESE 10
Wind State off off glass on

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Bell Block Reef in Taranaki is a fairly exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the west southwest. A left hand reef break. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include urchins and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For New Plymouth, 6 km from Bell Block Reef.

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Bell Block Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At New Plymouth, 3 km from Bell Block Reef.

light winds from the SE

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Air temperature
14.7 °C

Current weather near Bell Block Reef

Overall Bell Block Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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  • The closest passenger airport to Bell Block Reef is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Bell Block Reef is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.
  • Third is Hamilton Airport (HLZ) in New Zealand, 165 km (102 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 171 km (106 miles) away.
  • Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Bell Block Reef and is 192 km (119 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Bell Block Reef, Taranaki. Use the tab navigation above to view Bell Block Reef sea temperature, Bell Block Reef photographs, Bell Block Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Bell Block Reef webcams, current wind from Taranaki live weather stations and Bell Block Reef 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 Bell Block Reef.