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Purakaunui Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Purakaunui Bay Spot ID

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Purakaunui Bay

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Beautiful Catlins Coast, Purakaunui Bay photo

Purakaunui Bay

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.5 °C

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 01:09 Local time
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Wave (m) 3.0
Period (s) 10 10 13 16
Wind (km/h) 40
W 35
W 30
W 15
Wind State cross-

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Purakaunui Bay in Catlins is a reasonably exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the south southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Hazards include sharks/rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Long Point, 4 km from Purakaunui Bay.

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Purakaunui Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Tokoiti, 53 km from Purakaunui Bay.

light winds from the SW

Air temperature
12.2 °C

Current weather near Purakaunui Bay

Overall Purakaunui Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Purakaunui Bay Location Maps

Purakaunui Bay Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Purakaunui Bay:


  • The closest passenger airport to Purakaunui Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 82 km (51 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Purakaunui Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC), also in New Zealand, 101 km (63 miles) away.
  • Third is Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand, 149 km (93 miles) away.
  • Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in New Zealand is 183 km (114 miles) away.
  • Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Purakaunui Bay and is 189 km (117 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Purakaunui Bay, Catlins. Use the tab navigation above to view Purakaunui Bay sea temperature, Purakaunui Bay photographs, Purakaunui Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Purakaunui Bay webcams, current wind from Catlins live weather stations and Purakaunui Bay 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 Purakaunui Bay.