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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: 22.1 °C

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Friday, 22 February 2019, 10:57 Local time
Friday 22
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 11 12 5 11
Wind (km/h) 10
N 15
NNW 15
NNW 15
Wind State cross-

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Papatea Bay in East Cape is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the north. Waves at the beach break both left and right and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Papatea Bay (0 km).

IS AT (local time)

Papatea Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hicks Bay, 42 km from Papatea Bay.

fresh winds from the NNW

no report
Air temperature
22.1 °C

Current weather near Papatea Bay

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 68 miles from Papatea Bay.

  4AM 5AM 6AM 7AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.21
Dominant period (s) 10.5 11.1 6.5 5.6

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Overall Papatea Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

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Papatea Bay Location Maps

Papatea Bay Location Map

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snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Papatea Bay:

  • Closest ski area
    165 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    165 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    170 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    233 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    394 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Papatea Bay:

  • Closest city location
    70 mi
  • Second closest city location
    92 mi
  • Third closest city location
    94 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    136 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    140 mi
Papatea Bay break location map and break info

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.