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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 Cross-on wind has become light (light winds from the NNW at Cape Foulwind Westport wx 5 km from Tauranga Bay). 1.1m 13 s period swell from WSW
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33 km away, 40 min ago

Calm
2.1 km/h
NW
15.9
14.8
Air / Water (°C)
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Punakaiki Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 am Thursday 15 Nov 2018 NZDT

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 14.8 °C (Statistics for 15 Nov 1981-2005 - mean: 14.2 max: 15.4 min: 12.7 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.1
SW
1
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2
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WSW
1.7
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Period(s) (?)131212121715151414131381112121213131215141313
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)370320278260580175817761175845563152183723162131162411771250809403496450368356
Wind
(km/h)
10
N
15
NW
10
ENE
10
N
10
NNW
10
NE
15
ENE
15
N
25
N
10
WSW
30
WSW
15
WSW
15
SSE
30
SW
15
ESE
25
S
15
WSW
5
N
10
ENE
10
W
10
SE
5
W
15
W
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
on
offcross-
off
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off
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off
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High Tide
/ height (m)

5:05PM
2.16

5:43AM
2.08
6:09PM
2.14

6:48AM
2.10

7:12PM
2.18
7:47AM
2.19

8:07PM
2.28
8:37AM
2.31

8:55PM
2.42
9:22AM
2.46

9:40PM
2.56
10:04AM
2.61

10:22PM
2.70
10:45AM
2.75

Low Tide
/ height (m)
10:49AM
0.84

11:26PM
0.81
11:53AM
0.88

12:31AM
0.81
12:58PM
0.85

1:31AM
0.74

1:55PM
0.76
2:24AM
0.63

2:45PM
0.63
3:10AM
0.49

3:30PM
0.48
3:53AM
0.34

4:13PM
0.33

4:34AM
0.21

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
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Low °C
16161316171314151414139111481111101114101416
Chill °C (?)
171714171715131414141281112910991414121415
Sunrise
6:03--6:03--6:01--6:01--6:00--5:58--5:58--5:58-
Sunset
-8:34--8:36--8:37--8:37--8:38--8:40--8:42--8:43
Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 52mm), heaviest during Sat afternoon. Cool air temperatures (max 17°C on Thu morning, min 10°C on Sun night). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Heavy rain (total 31mm), heaviest during Tue night. Cool air temperatures (max 16°C on Thu afternoon, min 8°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SW on Mon afternoon, calm by Thu morning).

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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.