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Cliffs ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Cliffs Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell S | Wind NNE

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.2 °C

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Saturday, 22 September 2018, 12:59 Local time
Saturday 22Sun
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 6 6 6 6
Wind (km/h) 15
S 15
S 15
S 15
Wind State on on on on

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Cliffs in Gisborne and Mahia is a quite exposed reef break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the north northeast with some shelter here from northeast winds. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. There is no reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Gisborne, New Zealand, 3 km from Cliffs.

IS AT (local time)

Cliffs Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wainui Gisborne wx, 4 km from Cliffs.

light winds from the NW

Air temperature
13.4 °C

Current weather near Cliffs

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 103 miles from Cliffs.

  8AM 9AM 10AM 11AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.70
Dominant period (s) 11.1 11.1 11.1 10.5

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Overall Cliffs Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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Cliffs Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Cliffs:

  • Closest ski area
    136 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    139 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    142 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    216 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    351 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Cliffs:

  • Closest city location
    4 mi
  • Second closest city location
    80 mi
  • Third closest city location
    91 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    104 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    123 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Cliffs is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cliffs is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 130 km (81 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 163 km (101 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 170 km (106 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Cliffs and is 197 km (122 miles) away.
Cliffs break location map and break info

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