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Motunau Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Motunau Beach

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Type: beach and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind NNE

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.1 °C

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 02:42 Local time
Tuesday 11
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 15
NE 15
ENE 20
Wind State cross-

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Motunau Beach in Kaikoura is an exposed beach and point break that has pretty consitent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is also a left hand point break. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rocks and private access.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Fields, 1 km from Motunau Beach.

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Motunau Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At SHIP5228, 27 km from Motunau Beach.

moderate winds from the ENE

Light rain showers
Air temperature
13.8 °C

Current weather near Motunau Beach

Overall Motunau Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Motunau Beach Location Map

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  • The closest passenger airport to Motunau Beach is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 65 km (40 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Motunau Beach is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 174 km (108 miles) away.
  • Third is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 183 km (114 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand is 191 km (119 miles) away.
  • Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Motunau Beach and is 196 km (122 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Motunau Beach, Canterbury. Use the tab navigation above to view Motunau Beach sea temperature, Motunau Beach photographs, Motunau Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Motunau Beach webcams, current wind from Canterbury live weather stations and Motunau 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 Motunau Beach.