Ruby Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 1.8
Difficulty Level: 1.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.3
Crowds: 3.0

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Ruby Bay Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Nelson – Tasman Bay, New Zealand)

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Photo credit: Rob Davies

Ruby Bay photo

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Ruby Bay photo

Photo credit: Rob Davies

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Ruby Bay Spot ID:

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell N | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.9 °C

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Monday, 20 April 2015, 00:38 Local time

Sun Monday 20
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 4 4 4 4
Wind (km/h) 5
WSW 10
SW 15
SW 10
Wind State off off off off

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Ruby Bay in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a fairly exposed point break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest with some shelter here from west winds. Easily blown out by an onshore breeze Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the north. The point breaks are all lefts. Best around mid tide. Sometimes crowded.

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At Nelson Airport, 14 km from Ruby Bay.

light winds from the SW

Air temperature
13 °C

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Visitor Reviews of Ruby Bay

Rob Davies from NEW ZEALAND writes:

Could Ruby Bay be the mellowest wave in the World? The only place I have ever surfed that provides such soft waves that peel for such big distances in the Kyle of Tongue on the north coast of Scotland.

It's a nice spot, with an good campsite next to the beach. It really needs a big NW swell to work because there is such a small window of exposure into Tasman Bay. Most often, it works the day after a NW gale has generated a big local wind swell.

The wave peels for hundreds of metres over sand and gravel, mostly a very long left but with shorter sections that peel right back to the beach. In theory, it should be possible to ride waves for more than a kilometer, maybe two on one of those rare days every 5 years when the is a big NW cyclone swell. Heading West around the headland in the direction of Motueka it looks as if there are any number of spots that could also work if the swell is big enough.

For longboards, paddle boards and learners who like their surf slow and mellow, this is a good spot but for shortboarders if you see small waves at Ruby Bay and the wind is light, head to Schnappers because it will be much bigger and much more punchy. If Ruby Bay actually looks big enough to justify a short-board, just imagine how much better Cable Bay must be, or even high tide at nearby Rabbit Island.

Mapua is not far away and provides shops, pubs and eateries as well as places to stay if you don't camp right here. Head down to the Wharf area.


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Ruby Bay:

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Closest break Rabbit Island 4 mi
Second closest break Outer Cut 9 mi
Third closest break Tahunanui 9 mi
Fourth closest break Inner Cut 9 mi
Fifth closest break Schnappers Point 15 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Ruby Bay:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4429 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4481 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4724 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4786 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 4938 mi

Tide stations nearest to Ruby Bay:

Closest tide station Mapua 2 mi
Second closest tide station Motueka 7 mi
Third closest tide station Richmond 9 mi
Fourth closest tide station Nelson 10 mi
Fifth closest tide station Astrolabe Road 17 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Ruby Bay:

Closest ski area Rainbow (New Zealand) 47 mi
Second closest ski area Hanmer (New Zealand) 85 mi
Third closest ski area Mount Lyford (New Zealand) 85 mi
Fourth closest ski area Temple Basin (New Zealand) 141 mi
Fifth closest ski area Manganui (New Zealand) 142 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Ruby Bay:

Closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 11 mi
Second closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 50 mi
Third closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 88 mi
Fourth closest city location Porirua (New Zealand) 92 mi
Fifth closest city location Lower Hutt (New Zealand) 95 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Ruby Bay is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Ruby Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 74 km (46 miles) away.
  • Third is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, 138 km (86 miles) away.
  • Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand is 144 km (89 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Ruby Bay and is 163 km (101 miles) away.
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