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

Overall: 3.5

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Papatowai Spot ID

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Type: beach/river mouth

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 11.2 °C

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Saturday, 25 June 2016, 08:21 Local time
Saturday 25
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 17 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
ENE 20
ENE 25
Wind State cross-
on cross-

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Papatowai in Catlins is an exposed beach/river mouth break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for sharks/rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Long Point, 8 km from Papatowai.

IS AT (local time)

Papatowai Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nugget Point, 29 km from Papatowai.

light winds from the NE

Air temperature
7 °C

Current weather near Papatowai

Overall Papatowai Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in June

This image describes the variation of swells directed at Papatowai over a normal June a... (show all text)

The graph shows how frequently and how strongly the wind blows from different direction... (show all text)

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Papatowai Location Maps

Papatowai Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Papatowai:

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Wave buoys nearest to Papatowai:

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
    68 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Papatowai:

  • Closest ski area
    110 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Snow Park/Snow Farm
    119 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Snow Park
    119 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Coronet Peak
    119 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    120 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Papatowai:

  • Closest city location
    55 mi
  • Second closest city location
    69 mi
  • Third closest city location
    173 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    261 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    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.