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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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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Punakaiki (calm at Greymouth wx 41 km from Punakaiki). 2.9m 15 s period swell from WSW
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41 km away, 1 h 23 min ago

Calm
2.6 km/h
SW
15.0
12.8
Air / Water (°C)
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Punakaiki Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 am Saturday 18 Aug 2018 NZST

Punakaiki surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.

Today's Punakaiki sea temperature is 12.8 °C (Statistics for 18 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 12.5 max: 13.7 min: 11.4 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3
W
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2
WSW
1.6
WSW
1.2
WSW
0.9
WSW
1.1
WSW
1.6
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2
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1.5
WSW
1.8
NW
1.6
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1.1
WNW
1.9
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2.1
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2
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1.7
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1.5
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1.3
WSW
0.8
WSW
1.3
WSW
1.4
SW
Period(s) (?)1616151414131616141414999171515141312191413
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
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Energy(?)4697447129341570972447480546103114707795423791972048205516441023734551406635721
Wind
(km/h)
10
ESE
10
WSW
10
ENE
10
ENE
10
N
20
ENE
20
E
25
NNE
20
NNE
15
NE
5
NNW
10
SSE
10
E
5
SSW
15
ESE
15
ESE
10
W
10
E
10
E
15
SW
10
S
10
E
10
SW
Wind State(?)cross-
off
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High Tide
/ height (m)

4:07PM
2.37

4:36AM
2.30
5:08PM
2.25

5:41AM
2.18

6:14PM
2.19
6:48AM
2.15

7:17PM
2.21
7:48AM
2.20

8:12PM
2.29
8:39AM
2.29

8:59PM
2.40
9:23AM
2.40

9:40PM
2.51
10:02AM
2.51

Low Tide
/ height (m)
9:52AM
0.53

10:21PM
0.63
10:51AM
0.69

11:25PM
0.74
11:56AM
0.78

12:33AM
0.78

1:01PM
0.79
1:35AM
0.74

1:59PM
0.73
2:28AM
0.65

2:48PM
0.64

3:13AM
0.54
3:30PM
0.53

3:53AM
0.42

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph

Offshore winds at Punakaiki blow from the ENE.
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
1213911129101211121210111391112910118911
Low °C
911781097119911891267106797810
Chill °C (?)
12129101167109111291013711118996910
Sunrise
7:22--7:20--7:18--7:18--7:16--7:15--7:13--7:11-
Sunset
-5:53--5:55--5:57--5:58--5:59--6:00--6:00--6:01
Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 37mm), heaviest during Mon morning. Cool air temperatures (max 13°C on Sat afternoon, min 7°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Cool air temperatures (max 13°C on Wed afternoon, min 6°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Punakaiki Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Punakaiki provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at Punakaiki can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Punakaiki surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Punakaiki) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Punakaiki may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Punakaiki is 186 km (116 miles) from the city of Nelson. If you plan a holiday in West Coast South Island, look for hotels and other accommodation in Nelson. Nelson has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.