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Horseshoe Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.6

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Horseshoe Bay Spot ID

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Horseshoe Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

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Horseshoe Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

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Horseshoe Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: point

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.9 °C

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 09:36 Local time
Wednesday 20
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
NW 20
NNW 25
NW 20
Wind State cross cross cross cross

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Horseshoe Bay in East Cape is a fairly exposed point break that only works when conditions are just right. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rips and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Hicks Bay, New Zealand, 2 km from Horseshoe Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Horseshoe Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hicks Bay, 5 km from Horseshoe Bay.

light winds from the W

no report
Air temperature
18.5 °C

Current weather near Horseshoe Bay

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 93 miles from Horseshoe Bay.

  3AM 4AM 5AM 6AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.94
Dominant period (s) 11.8 12.5 13.3 11.1

All wavebuoys around Horseshoe Bay

Overall Horseshoe Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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Horseshoe Bay Location Maps

Horseshoe Bay Location Map

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snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Horseshoe Bay:

  • Closest ski area
    186 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    187 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    192 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    257 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    414 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Horseshoe Bay:

  • Closest city location
    76 mi
  • Second closest city location
    117 mi
  • Third closest city location
    119 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    150 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    162 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Horseshoe Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 122 km (76 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Horseshoe Bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 128 km (80 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 184 km (114 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand is 186 km (116 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Horseshoe Bay and is 232 km (144 miles) away.
Horseshoe Bay break location map and break info

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