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Happy Jacks

Photo credit: Rob Davies

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Happy Jacks

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Happy Jacks photo

Happy Jacks

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: reef and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.6 °C

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 07:00 Local time
Tuesday 22
Wave (m) 0.2
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 15
NW 15
NNW 15
Wind State cross-

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Happy Jacks in Gisborne and Mahia is an exposed reef and point break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the west and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Able to handle light onshore wind Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast. No beach break here and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer. Good surf at all stages of the tide. The location means that it never gets crowded. Watch out for rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Waikokopu, New Zealand, 9 km from Happy Jacks.

IS AT (local time)

Happy Jacks Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Peninsula Mahia wx, 9 km from Happy Jacks.


Mostly Cloudy
Air temperature
12.4 °C

Current weather near Happy Jacks

Overall Happy Jacks Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Ski Resorts closest to Happy Jacks:

  • Closest ski area
    124 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    127 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    129 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    205 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    331 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Happy Jacks:

  • Closest city location
    24 mi
  • Second closest city location
    60 mi
  • Third closest city location
    71 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    108 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    131 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Happy Jacks is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Happy Jacks is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 148 km (92 miles) away.
  • Third is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 160 km (99 miles) away.
  • Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand is 170 km (106 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Happy Jacks and is 210 km (130 miles) away.
Happy Jacks break location map and break info

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