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Houghton Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.9

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Houghton Bay Spot ID

End of Summer, Houghton Bay photo

Houghton Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Nice left, Houghton Bay photo

Houghton Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Close out set, Houghton Bay photo

Houghton Bay

Photo credit: AXE

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell S | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.1 °C

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Thursday, 13 December 2018, 15:46 Local time
Thursday 13Fri
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 4 4 5 5
Wind (km/h) 20
SE 20
ESE 15
ESE 15
Wind State cross-

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Houghton Bay in Wellington is an exposed beach and reef break that has inconsistent surf. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the north with some shelter here from north winds. Able to handle light onshore wind Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. Waves at the beach break both left and right and there is a right hand reef break as well.. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks and pollution.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Wellington, New Zealand, 7 km from Houghton Bay.

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Houghton Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wellington Aero, 2 km from Houghton Bay.

moderate winds from the SSW

No weather report
Air temperature
21.0 °C

Current weather near Houghton Bay

Buoy Data:

At Tory East Head Buoy, 25 miles from Houghton Bay.

  9AM 10AM 11AM 12PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.856
Average period (s) 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.5

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Overall Houghton Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Houghton Bay is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Houghton Bay is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 52 km (32 miles) away.
  • Third is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 79 km (49 miles) away.
  • Masterton Airport (MRO) in New Zealand is 82 km (51 miles) away.
  • Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Houghton Bay and is 131 km (81 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Houghton Bay, Wellington. Use the tab navigation above to view Houghton Bay sea temperature, Houghton Bay photographs, Houghton Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Houghton Bay webcams, current wind from Wellington live weather stations and Houghton 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 Houghton Bay.