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Papatea Bay - East Cape Emptiness photo

Papatea Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell N | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 22.3 °C

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 14:30 Local time
Tuesday 20Wed
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 6 7 7 8
Wind (km/h) 25
NNW 30
NNW 35
NNW 30
Wind State cross-
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Papatea Bay in East Cape is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves as well as left and right hand reef breaks. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Papatea Bay (0 km).

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Papatea Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Beach Ohope wx, 76 km from Papatea Bay.

light winds from the SW

Mostly Cloudy
Air temperature
26.7 °C

Current weather near Papatea Bay

Overall Papatea Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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