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Clarence River ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Clarence River Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Kaikoura and Marlborough, New Zealand)

Clarence River Spot ID

Local, Clarence River photo

Clarence River

Photo credit: Gig Bassett

Clarence River - The Point photo

Clarence River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Clarence River Point Break photo

Clarence River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: point/Rivermouth

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.7 °C

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Friday, 14 December 2018, 20:24 Local time
Friday 14Sat
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 10
E 10
Wind State cross-
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Clarence River in Kaikoura is an exposed point/Rivermouth break that has consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for dangerous rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Clarence River (0 km).

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Clarence River Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Te Rapa Wharanui wx, 31 km from Clarence River.


Mostly Cloudy
Air temperature
19.4 °C

Current weather near Clarence River

Buoy Data:

At Tory East Head Buoy, 68 miles from Clarence River.

  2PM 3PM 4PM 5PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.510
Average period (s) 5.6 6.1 6.7 6.9

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Overall Clarence River Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Clarence River is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 70 km (43 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Clarence River is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 111 km (69 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 116 km (72 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 164 km (102 miles) away.
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Clarence River and is 188 km (117 miles) away.
Clarence River break location map and break info

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