Papatowai ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

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Papatowai Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Catlins, New Zealand)


Papatowai Spot ID:

Type: beach/river mouth

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.6 °C

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Sunday, 29 March 2015, 20:22 Local time

Sunday 29 Mon
4PM 7PM 10PM 1AM
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 35
WSW 30
WSW 30
W 30
Wind State cross-
off off off

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Papatowai in Catlins is an exposed beach/river mouth break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include sharks/rips.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Long Point, 8 km from Papatowai.

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Papatowai Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nugget Point, 29 km from Papatowai.

moderate winds from the SW

Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near Papatowai

Overall Papatowai Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Also see Papatowai surf quality by season and Papatowai surf quality by month.

Papatowai Location Maps

Papatowai Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Papatowai:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Long Point 5 mi
Second closest break Purakaunui Bay 7 mi
Third closest break Catlins River Mouth 13 mi
Fourth closest break Cannibal Bay 16 mi
Fifth closest break Nugget Point 18 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Papatowai:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4843 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4896 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 5139 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 5201 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 5354 mi

Tide stations nearest to Papatowai:

Closest tide station Nugget Point 18 mi
Second closest tide station Waipapa Point 30 mi
Third closest tide station Bluff Harbour 53 mi
Fourth closest tide station New River Entrance 58 mi
Fifth closest tide station Oban 68 mi

snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Papatowai:

Closest ski area Remarkables (New Zealand) 110 mi
Second closest ski area Snow Park/Snow Farm (New Zealand) 119 mi
Third closest ski area Snow Park (New Zealand) 119 mi
Fourth closest ski area Coronet Peak (New Zealand) 119 mi
Fifth closest ski area Cardrona (New Zealand) 120 mi

city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Papatowai:

Closest city location Invercargill (New Zealand) 55 mi
Second closest city location Dunedin (New Zealand) 69 mi
Third closest city location Timaru (New Zealand) 173 mi
Fourth closest city location Christchurch (New Zealand) 261 mi
Fifth closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 411 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Papatowai is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 91 km (57 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Papatowai is Invercargill Airport (IVC), also in New Zealand, 91 km (57 miles) away.
  • Third is Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand, 152 km (94 miles) away.
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in New Zealand is 182 km (113 miles) away.
  • Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Papatowai and is 183 km (114 miles) away.
Papatowai break location map and break info
This is the Surf-Forecast page for Papatowai, Catlins. Use the tab navigation above to view Papatowai sea temperature, Papatowai photographs, Papatowai detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Papatowai webcams, current wind from Catlins live weather stations and Papatowai 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 Papatowai.


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