Rapahoe ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

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Rapahoe Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(West Coast South Island, New Zealand)


Rapahoe Spot ID:

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.1 °C

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Friday, 27 March 2015, 08:13 Local time

Friday 27
4AM 7AM 10AM 1PM
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 15
E 15
E 10
E 10
Wind State cross-

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Rapahoe in West Coast South Island is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Nine Mile, 5 km from Rapahoe.

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Rapahoe Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hokitika Airport, 41 km from Rapahoe.


Air temperature
11.8 °C

Current weather near Rapahoe

Overall Rapahoe Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Also see Rapahoe surf quality by season and Rapahoe surf quality by month.

Rapahoe Location Maps

Rapahoe Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Rapahoe:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Nine Mile 3 mi
Second closest break Cobden Beach 4 mi
Third closest break Cobden Breakwater 4 mi
Fourth closest break Blaketown Wedge 6 mi
Fifth closest break Punakaiki 19 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Rapahoe:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4549 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4599 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4839 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4900 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 5060 mi

Tide stations nearest to Rapahoe:

Closest tide station Greymouth 4 mi
Second closest tide station Hokitika River Bar 27 mi
Third closest tide station Westport 47 mi
Fourth closest tide station Okarito 79 mi
Fifth closest tide station Kaiapoi 99 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Rapahoe:

Closest ski area Temple Basin (New Zealand) 41 mi
Second closest ski area Craigieburn (New Zealand) 56 mi
Third closest ski area Broken River (New Zealand) 57 mi
Fourth closest ski area Mount Cheeseman (New Zealand) 59 mi
Fifth closest ski area Mount Olympus (New Zealand) 60 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Rapahoe:

Closest city location Christchurch (New Zealand) 109 mi
Second closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 129 mi
Third closest city location Timaru (New Zealand) 140 mi
Fourth closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 152 mi
Fifth closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 198 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Rapahoe is Hokitika Airport (HKK) in New Zealand, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rapahoe is Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand, 77 km (48 miles) away.
  • Third is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 162 km (101 miles) away.
  • Mount Cook Airport (GTN) in New Zealand is 178 km (111 miles) away.
  • Glentanner Airport (MON), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Rapahoe and is 192 km (119 miles) away.
Rapahoe break location map and break info
This is the Surf-Forecast page for Rapahoe, West Coast South Island. Use the tab navigation above to view Rapahoe sea temperature, Rapahoe photographs, Rapahoe detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Rapahoe webcams, current wind from West Coast South Island live weather stations and Rapahoe 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 Rapahoe.


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