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Cray Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 3.3

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Cray Bay Spot ID

High tide 2nds, Cray Bay photo

Cray Bay

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2nd's 5ft Fun Day, Cray Bay photo

Cray Bay

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Paua Point, First Left, The Righthander., Cray Bay photo

Cray Bay

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8-10ft Crays, Cray Bay photo

Cray Bay

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell E | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.7 °C

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 19:21 Local time
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Wave (m) 4.0
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 10
NNE 10
NNE 10
Wind State cross-

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Cray Bay in Hawkes Bay is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and there is also a left hand reef break.. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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Cray Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Otane, 32 km from Cray Bay.


Air temperature
10.1 °C

Current weather near Cray Bay

Overall Cray Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Cray Bay is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cray Bay is Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.
  • Third is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 156 km (97 miles) away.
  • Wanganui Airport (WAG) in New Zealand is 169 km (105 miles) away.
  • Masterton Airport (MRO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Cray Bay and is 171 km (106 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Cray Bay, Hawkes Bay. Use the tab navigation above to view Cray Bay sea temperature, Cray Bay photographs, Cray Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Cray Bay webcams, current wind from Hawkes Bay live weather stations and Cray 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 Cray Bay.