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Desperation Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Desperation Point Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.9 °C

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Monday, 22 July 2019, 21:46 Local time
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Wave (m) 2.2
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 5
ESE 10
ESE 10
Wind State cross-

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Desperation Point in Taranaki is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. Offshore winds are from the east northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Opunake Bay, New Zealand, 1 km from Desperation Point.

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Desperation Point Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Tranaki- Newall, 22 km from Desperation Point.


Air temperature
6.1 °C

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Overall Desperation Point Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Desperation Point is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 58 km (36 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Desperation Point is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 114 km (71 miles) away.
  • Third is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 177 km (110 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 186 km (116 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Desperation Point and is 208 km (129 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Desperation Point, Taranaki. Use the tab navigation above to view Desperation Point sea temperature, Desperation Point photographs, Desperation Point detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Desperation Point webcams, current wind from Taranaki live weather stations and Desperation Point 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 Desperation Point.