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Motu River ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Motu River Spot ID

Motu River Bar photo

Motu River

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: sandbar

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NNE | Wind S

Sea Temperature Today is: 22.0 °C

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Monday, 21 January 2019, 19:08 Local time
Monday 21Tue
Wave (m) 1.9
Period (s) 6 6 6 14
Wind (km/h) 25
WNW 25
W 15
WSW 10
Wind State cross cross-

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Motu River in East Cape is a reasonably exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the south southeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the north northeast.. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Omaio Bay (Motunui Island), New Zealand, 9 km from Motu River.

IS AT (local time)

Motu River Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Opotiki wx, 32 km from Motu River.


Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
24.9 °C

Current weather near Motu River

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 55 miles from Motu River.

  1PM 2PM 3PM 4PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.69
Dominant period (s) 14.3 14.3 14.3 13.3

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Overall Motu River Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Motu River Location Maps

Motu River Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Motu River:

  • Closest ski area
    145 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    145 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    150 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    214 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    374 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Motu River:

  • Closest city location
    60 mi
  • Second closest city location
    76 mi
  • Third closest city location
    79 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    119 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    126 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Motu River is Whakatane Airport (WHK) in New Zealand, 60 km (37 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Motu River is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 115 km (71 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand is 125 km (78 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Motu River and is 164 km (102 miles) away.
Motu River break location map and break info

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