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Rabbit Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.0

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Rabbit Island Spot ID

Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Kevin Toughey

Good conditions for a great wave, Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Kevin Toughey

High Tide, Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Incoming tide, Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NNW | Wind SSW

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.0 °C

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 12:45 Local time
Wednesday 12
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 3 14 14 3
Wind (km/h) 5
NE 10
N 15
NNE 10
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Rabbit Island in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a reasonably exposed point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the south southwest with some shelter here from southwest winds. Poor surf in light onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. The point breaks are all lefts. Best around high tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Mapua, New Zealand, 4 km from Rabbit Island.

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Rabbit Island Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nelson Aerodrome, 8 km from Rabbit Island.

moderate winds from the N

no report
Air temperature
18.7 °C

Current weather near Rabbit Island

Overall Rabbit Island Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Rabbit Island Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Rabbit Island:


  • The closest passenger airport to Rabbit Island is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rabbit Island is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 67 km (42 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 139 km (86 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand is 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Rabbit Island and is 160 km (99 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Rabbit Island, Nelson - Tasman Bay. Use the tab navigation above to view Rabbit Island sea temperature, Rabbit Island photographs, Rabbit Island detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Rabbit Island webcams, current wind from Nelson - Tasman Bay live weather stations and Rabbit Island 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 Rabbit Island.