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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: 18.4 °C

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 19:20 Local time
WedThursday 24
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 20
WSW 20
SW 25
WSW 20
Wind State cross cross cross cross

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Papatea Bay in East Cape is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north. Waves at the beach break both left and right and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks. Good surf at all stages of the tide. A remote wave spot that never gets crowded.

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.

moderate winds from the WSW

Air temperature
10.6 °C

Current weather near Papatea Bay

Overall Papatea Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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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.