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Christmas Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Christmas Bay Spot ID

Christmas Bay blown flat photo

Christmas Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind WNW

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.2 °C

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 15:01 Local time
Wednesday 16Thu
Wave (m) 1.9
Period (s) 7 7 8 8
Wind (km/h) 25
S 20
SSE 10
SSE 10
Wind State cross cross-

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Christmas Bay in the Waiararpa is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northwest with some shelter here from northeast winds. Does not handle onshore winds very well Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Castlepoint, New Zealand, 1 km from Christmas Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Christmas Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Castlepoint, 2 km from Christmas Bay.

near gales from the SSW

Air temperature
14.2 °C

Current weather near Christmas Bay

Buoy Data:

At Tory East Head Buoy, 101 miles from Christmas Bay.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.455
Average period (s) 4.8 5.0 4.7 4.8

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Overall Christmas Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Christmas Bay Location Maps

Christmas Bay Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Christmas Bay:

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Ski Resorts closest to Christmas Bay:

  • Closest ski area
    116 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    117 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    121 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    158 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    186 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Christmas Bay:


  • The closest passenger airport to Christmas Bay is Masterton Airport (MRO) in New Zealand, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Christmas Bay is Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand, 83 km (52 miles) away.
  • Third is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand, 103 km (64 miles) away.
  • Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand is 127 km (79 miles) away.
  • Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Christmas Bay and is 146 km (91 miles) away.
Christmas Bay break location map and break info

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