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Cable Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0
Accommodation: 5.0

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Cable Bay Spot ID

Cable Bay photo

Cable Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Cables, Cable Bay photo

Cable Bay

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From 20,000 Feet, Cable Bay photo

Cable Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Cable Bay from Pepin Island photo

Cable Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.1 °C

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Friday, 29 May 2015, 00:06 Local time
ThuFriday 29
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
ESE 10
Wind State off off glass cross

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Cable Bay in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a sheltered point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southeast with some shelter here from west winds. Surfable in an onshore breeze Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the northwest. There is no point break. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Take care of rocks in the line up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Cable Bay (0 km).

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Cable Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nelson Airport, 20 km from Cable Bay.

light winds from the SW

Air temperature
5 °C

Current weather near Cable Bay

Overall Cable Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Cable Bay Location Maps

Cable Bay Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Cable Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Cable Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Cable Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Croiselles, South Island
    16 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    17 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    17 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Elaine Bay
    20 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Cable Bay:

  • Closest ski area
    Rainbow (New Zealand)
    57 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Mount Lyford (New Zealand)
    89 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Hanmer (New Zealand)
    92 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Manganui (New Zealand)
    133 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Temple Basin (New Zealand)
    154 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Cable Bay:

  • Closest city location
    Nelson (New Zealand)
    11 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Blenheim (New Zealand)
    37 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Wellington (New Zealand)
    71 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Porirua (New Zealand)
    75 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Lower Hutt (New Zealand)
    78 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Cable Bay is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cable Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 55 km (34 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 118 km (73 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 135 km (84 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Cable Bay and is 166 km (103 miles) away.
Cable Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cable Bay, Nelson - Tasman Bay. Use the tab navigation above to view Cable Bay sea temperature, Cable Bay photographs, Cable Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cable Bay webcams, current wind from Nelson - Tasman Bay live weather stations and Cable Bay 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 Cable Bay.