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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 / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 am Saturday 24 Feb 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 20.6 °C (Statistics for 24 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 17.8 max: 19.7 min: 16.3 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.7
SW
0.8
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.6
WSW
1.3
NW
4
WNW
3.5
W
3
W
1.7
WNW
2.2
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.3
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1
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0.9
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0.7
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0.7
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0.7
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0.6
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0.8
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1.2
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1.9
WSW
2
WSW
1.9
WSW
Period(s) (?)1413912591111101212111010101312121214131313
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)1862121399180271131971862607133281940820616086162154103158594120613261188
Wind
(km/h)
5
SSE
10
WSW
5
NNW
15
NNW
30
NNW
40
NW
20
SSW
15
SW
20
ESE
10
ENE
15
N
0
SE
5
ENE
10
WNW
5
E
5
E
15
W
10
SE
5
E
10
W
5
E
5
NE
10
WNW
Wind State(?)glassonglasscrosscrosscross-
on
cross-
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cross-
on
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off
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High Tide
/ height (m)

6:17PM
2.38

6:54AM
2.39

7:34PM
2.41
8:08AM
2.49

8:46PM
2.53
9:14AM
2.66

9:48PM
2.69
10:12AM
2.84

10:43PM
2.84
11:04AM
3.00

11:31PM
2.96
11:51AM
3.10

12:17AM
3.02
12:36PM
3.12

Low Tide
/ height (m)
11:58AM
0.57

12:35AM
0.59

1:14PM
0.54
1:51AM
0.54

2:29PM
0.42
2:59AM
0.41

3:33PM
0.24
3:59AM
0.24

4:29PM
0.07

4:51AM
0.09
5:20PM
-0.07

5:39AM
-0.03
6:06PM
-0.14

6:25AM
-0.07

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
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Chill °C (?)
1818171717181820161818171918172020172121182021
Sunrise
7:07--7:09--7:09--7:11--7:13--7:13--7:15--7:16-
Sunset
-8:25--8:24--8:22--8:21--8:20--8:17--8:16--8:15
Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 36mm), heaviest during Sun night. Warm air temperatures (max 20°C on Mon afternoon, min 13°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the NNW on Sun night, calm by Tue night).Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 21°C on Fri morning, min 15°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.