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

Overall: 3.2

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Farewell Spit Spot ID

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Farewell Spit

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Farewell Spit photo

Farewell Spit

Photo credit: Rob Davies

From a Wellington-Sydney Flight, Farewell Spit photo

Farewell Spit

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Farewell Spit photo

Farewell Spit

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind S

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.1 °C

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 01:51 Local time
MonTuesday 11
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 8 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 15
ENE 15
E 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

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Farewell Spit in North West Coast is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the east southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer left-handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rips and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Live Weather:

At Whanganui Inlet, 13 km from Farewell Spit.


Air temperature
15.3 °C

Current weather near Farewell Spit

Overall Farewell Spit Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Farewell Spit is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 96 km (60 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Farewell Spit is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.
  • Third is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, 168 km (104 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 193 km (120 miles) away.
  • Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Farewell Spit and is 195 km (121 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Farewell Spit, Nelson - West Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Farewell Spit sea temperature, Farewell Spit photographs, Farewell Spit detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Farewell Spit webcams, current wind from Nelson - West Coast live weather stations and Farewell Spit 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 Farewell Spit.