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Kahutara ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 3.9

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After the Kaikoura Earthquakes, Kahutara photo


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Type: reef and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind WNW

Sea Temperature Today is: 11.6 °C

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Monday, 22 July 2019, 22:36 Local time
MonTuesday 23
Wave (m) 1.8
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 5
WSW 10
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Kahutara in Kaikoura is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the west northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Kaikoura, New Zealand, 9 km from Kahutara.

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Kahutara Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Kaikoura, 9 km from Kahutara.

light winds from the NW

Air temperature
8.3 °C

Current weather near Kahutara

Overall Kahutara Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Kahutara is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 104 km (65 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Kahutara is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 130 km (81 miles) away.
  • Third is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.
  • Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand is 159 km (99 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Kahutara and is 183 km (114 miles) away.
Kahutara break location map and break info

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