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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 The wind is still cross-on at Punakaiki (moderate winds from the SSW at Carters Beach 44 km from Punakaiki). 1.0m 11 s period swell from WSW with an additional 0.8m 19 s period swell from WSW , plus 0.8m 6 s period wind swell from WSW
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44 km away, 34 min ago

Moderate
24 km/h
SSW
20.6
17.5
Air / Water (°C)
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Punakaiki Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 am Thursday 25 Apr 2019 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 17.5 °C (Statistics for 25 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 15.4 max: 17.0 min: 13.7 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.9
WSW
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1.5
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2.3
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Period(s) (?)1111171514141414161817161514141414131312121313
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
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Energy(?)20418313052268177222441902320360351245410387529610374909511206658841532412129789571112741534
Wind
(km/h)
5
NNE
10
WSW
0
NW
10
NNE
10
NW
25
NE
35
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25
NW
10
WSW
5
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15
NW
45
NNW
25
SW
25
SW
15
SW
10
ESE
5
SW
10
E
10
ENE
5
NW
10
ENE
10
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5
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Wind State(?)glassonglasscross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)

3:04PM
2.30

3:27AM
2.29
4:02PM
2.16

4:29AM
2.17
5:09PM
2.08

5:37AM
2.13

6:16PM
2.09
6:41AM
2.17

7:16PM
2.17
7:36AM
2.27

8:05PM
2.29
8:22AM
2.39

8:47PM
2.42
9:03AM
2.51

Low Tide
/ height (m)


9:13PM
0.70
9:47AM
0.71

10:12PM
0.83
10:51AM
0.80

11:20PM
0.89
11:59AM
0.82

12:27AM
0.86

1:01PM
0.76
1:24AM
0.78

1:52PM
0.65
2:12AM
0.66

2:36PM
0.52
2:54AM
0.53


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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High °C
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Low °C
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Chill °C (?)
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Sunrise
7:16--7:16--7:18--7:18--7:20--7:22--7:22--7:24-
Sunset
-5:47--5:45--5:45--5:43--5:42--5:40--5:38--5:37
Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 31mm), heaviest during Sun night. Cool air temperatures (max 17°C on Fri night, min 12°C on Sat night). Winds increasing (calm on Thu night, strong winds from the NNW by Sun night).Long Range Forecast:Heavy rain (total 25mm), heaviest during Sun night. Cool air temperatures (max 15°C on Sun night, min 10°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the W on Sun night, calm by Wed 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.