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Outer Cut

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NNW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.1 °C

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Friday, 19 January 2018, 12:54 Local time
Friday 19
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 10 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 0
WSW 10
N 15
N 10
Wind State glass cross-

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Outer Cut in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a fairly exposed point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the north northwest. There is no point break. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Nelson, New Zealand, 1 km from Outer Cut.

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Outer Cut Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nelson wx, 3 km from Outer Cut.


Air temperature
26.0 °C

Current weather near Outer Cut

Overall Outer Cut Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Outer Cut Location Map

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  • The closest passenger airport to Outer Cut is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Outer Cut is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 58 km (36 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 150 km (93 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Outer Cut and is 150 km (93 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Outer Cut, Nelson - Tasman Bay. Use the tab navigation above to view Outer Cut sea temperature, Outer Cut photographs, Outer Cut detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Outer Cut webcams, current wind from Nelson - Tasman Bay live weather stations and Outer Cut 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 Outer Cut.