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

Overall: 3.0

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Pouawa Beach Spot ID

Pouawa, Pouawa Beach photo

Pouawa Beach

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Almost back at Pouawa, Pouawa Beach photo

Pouawa Beach

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Pouawa - north wind, small south swell, Pouawa Beach photo

Pouawa Beach

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Tiny waves, Pouawa Beach photo

Pouawa Beach

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 26.0 °C

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Sunday, 21 July 2019, 15:09 Local time
Sunday 21Mon
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
E 5
E 5
NW 10
Wind State cross-
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Pouawa Beach in Gisborne is a reasonably exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Pouawa Beach (0 km).

IS AT (local time)

Pouawa Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Gisborne-West, 15 km from Pouawa Beach.

light winds from the NW

Air temperature
15.5 °C

Current weather near Pouawa Beach

Overall Pouawa Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Pouawa Beach Location Maps

Pouawa Beach Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Pouawa Beach:

  • Closest ski area
    144 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    146 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    149 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    224 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    358 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Pouawa Beach:

  • Closest city location
    10 mi
  • Second closest city location
    88 mi
  • Third closest city location
    99 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    109 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    127 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Pouawa Beach is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Pouawa Beach is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 135 km (84 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 171 km (106 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 180 km (112 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Pouawa Beach and is 202 km (125 miles) away.
Pouawa Beach break location map and break info

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