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Leithfield Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Leithfield Beach Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind WNW

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.2 °C

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 18:37 Local time
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Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 5 5 6 6
Wind (km/h) 0
N 5
W 5
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Leithfield Beach in Kaikoura is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Amberley Beach, 1 km from Leithfield Beach.

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Leithfield Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Limestone Hills, 18 km from Leithfield Beach.


Air temperature
12.6 °C

Current weather near Leithfield Beach

Overall Leithfield Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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  • The closest passenger airport to Leithfield Beach is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Leithfield Beach is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 155 km (96 miles) away.
  • Third is Timaru Airport (TIU) in New Zealand, 176 km (109 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand is 189 km (117 miles) away.
  • Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Leithfield Beach and is 206 km (128 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Leithfield Beach, Canterbury. Use the tab navigation above to view Leithfield Beach sea temperature, Leithfield Beach photographs, Leithfield Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Leithfield Beach webcams, current wind from Canterbury live weather stations and Leithfield Beach 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 Leithfield Beach.