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Blacks Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.8

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Blacks Reef Spot ID

Along the coast from Blacks, towards Wairoa, Blacks Reef photo

Blacks Reef

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Empty Blacks, Blacks Reef photo

Blacks Reef

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Nico at Blacks, Blacks Reef photo

Blacks Reef

Photo credit: Rob Davies

James Tanner at Blacks, Blacks Reef photo

Blacks Reef

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: reef

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind NNE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.6 °C

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Friday, 19 July 2019, 14:15 Local time
Friday 19Sat
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 11 11 11 10
Wind (km/h) 20
NE 20
N 20
NNE 10
Wind State off off off cross-

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Blacks Reef in Mahia is a fairly exposed reef break that is often working and works all around the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south southeast. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A popular wave that can get growded. Watch out for rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Waikokopu, New Zealand, 3 km from Blacks Reef.

IS AT (local time)

Blacks Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wairoa, 32 km from Blacks Reef.

light winds from the NNE

Air temperature
17 °C

Current weather near Blacks Reef

Overall Blacks Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Blacks Reef Location Maps

Blacks Reef Location Map

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snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Blacks Reef:

  • Closest ski area
    117 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    121 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    122 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    200 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    324 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Blacks Reef:

  • Closest city location
    30 mi
  • Second closest city location
    53 mi
  • Third closest city location
    64 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    106 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    131 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Blacks Reef is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Blacks Reef is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 144 km (89 miles) away.
  • Third is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.
  • Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand is 161 km (100 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Blacks Reef and is 203 km (126 miles) away.
Blacks Reef break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Blacks Reef, Gisborne and Mahia. Use the tab navigation above to view Blacks Reef sea temperature, Blacks Reef photographs, Blacks Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Blacks Reef webcams, current wind from Gisborne and Mahia live weather stations and Blacks 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 Blacks Reef.