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Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell E | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.7 °C

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Thursday, 20 December 2018, 04:22 Local time
Thursday 20
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
NW 10
N 15
NNE 15
Wind State cross cross-

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Oraka Beach in Gisborne and Mahia is a fairly exposed beach break that has reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the 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 Aurora Point, 5 km from Oraka Beach.

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Oraka Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Mahia Heights, 3 km from Oraka Beach.


Air temperature
18.2 °C

Current weather near Oraka Beach

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 118 miles from Oraka Beach.

  10PM 11PM 12AM 1AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.08
Dominant period (s) 9.5 9.5 11.1 9.5

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Overall Oraka Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Oraka Beach Location Maps

Oraka Beach Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Oraka Beach:

  • Closest ski area
    123 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    127 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    129 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    205 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    328 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Oraka Beach:

  • Closest city location
    29 mi
  • Second closest city location
    58 mi
  • Third closest city location
    68 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    111 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    135 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Oraka Beach is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Oraka Beach is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 155 km (96 miles) away.
  • Third is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 162 km (101 miles) away.
  • Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand is 175 km (109 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Oraka Beach and is 216 km (134 miles) away.
Oraka Beach break location map and break info

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