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Punakaiki ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.3

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Punakaiki Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(West Coast South Island, New Zealand)

Punakaiki Spot ID

Punakiki After Rain, Punakaiki photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

Punakaiki sunset. photo


Photo credit: Mick Goman

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ENE

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.1 °C

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Monday, 16 July 2018, 13:16 Local time
Monday 16Tue
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 14 9 8 9
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 20
WNW 20
WNW 20
Wind State cross cross-

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Punakaiki on the West Coast is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the east northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Punakaiki Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Greymouth wx, 41 km from Punakaiki.

light winds from the E

Air temperature
10.6 °C

Current weather near Punakaiki

Overall Punakaiki Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Punakaiki is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Punakaiki is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 72 km (45 miles) away.
  • Third is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 181 km (112 miles) away.
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand is 182 km (113 miles) away.
  • Mount Cook Airport (GTN), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Punakaiki and is 208 km (129 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Punakaiki, West Coast South Island. Use the tab navigation above to view Punakaiki sea temperature, Punakaiki photographs, Punakaiki detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Punakaiki webcams, current wind from West Coast South Island live weather stations and Punakaiki 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 Punakaiki.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.