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Pataua ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Pataua Spot ID

Pataua after cyclone wilma down the beach photo


Photo credit: Dylan Montgomerie

Strong Offshore Wind, Pataua photo


Photo credit: Yvonne

Pataua North Cyclone Swell 2015-16 photo


Photo credit: Jacob Clark

Perfect, Pataua photo


Photo credit: Jacob Clark

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.3 °C

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Friday, 18 January 2019, 04:55 Local time
Friday 18
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 15
WSW 15
SW 15
Wind State off off off off

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Pataua in Northland is an exposed point break that has unreliable waves Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Pataua Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Bream Bay Buoy, 19 km from Pataua.

light winds from the SW

Air temperature
19.4 °C

Current weather near Pataua

Buoy Data:

At Bream Bay Buoy, 12 miles from Pataua.

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 0.6
Average period (s) 4.2 4.2 4 4.2

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Overall Pataua Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

This chart describes the range of swells directed at Pataua through an average January.... (show all text)

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Pataua Location Maps

Pataua Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Pataua:

  • Closest ski area
    249 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    250 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    254 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    255 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    435 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Pataua:


  • The closest passenger airport to Pataua is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Pataua is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 75 km (47 miles) away.
  • Third is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, 133 km (83 miles) away.
  • Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand is 146 km (91 miles) away.
  • Hamilton Airport (HLZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Pataua and is 250 km (155 miles) away.
Pataua break location map and break info

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