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Porpoise Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.0

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Porpoise Bay Spot ID

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Porpoise Bay

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Porpoise Bay

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Porpoise Bay

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Porpoise Bay

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Porpoise Bay

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.4 °C

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 08:17 Local time
Tuesday 16
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 18 18 18 18
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 10
NW 20
WSW 15
Wind State glass cross-

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Porpoise Bay in Catlins is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north with some shelter here from southwest winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers as well as left and right hand reef breaks.. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Dinner Plates, 3 km from Porpoise Bay.

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Porpoise Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Rosedale, 61 km from Porpoise Bay.


Air temperature
2.2 °C

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Overall Porpoise Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Porpoise Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 63 km (39 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Porpoise Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 120 km (75 miles) away.
  • Third is Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand, 163 km (101 miles) away.
  • Manapouri Airport (TEU) in New Zealand is 166 km (103 miles) away.
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Porpoise Bay and is 184 km (114 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Porpoise Bay, Catlins. Use the tab navigation above to view Porpoise Bay sea temperature, Porpoise Bay photographs, Porpoise Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Porpoise Bay webcams, current wind from Catlins live weather stations and Porpoise 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 Porpoise Bay.