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

Overall: 3.5

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Rapahoe Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(West Coast South Island, New Zealand)

Rapahoe Spot ID

Surf default break image

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.1 °C

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Monday, 2 May 2016, 05:29 Local time
Monday 02
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 0.8
W
0.9
W
0.9
WNW
1.2
WNW
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
N 10
N 20
NNE 25
NNE
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross cross-
on

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Rapahoe on the West Coast is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells 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. Watch out for dangerous rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Nine Mile, 5 km from Rapahoe.

IS AT (local time)

Rapahoe Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hokitika Airport, 41 km from Rapahoe.

light winds from the NE

km/h
Air temperature
14.3 °C

Current weather near Rapahoe

Overall Rapahoe Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Airports

  • 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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