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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 photo

Ruby Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Ruby Bay photo

Ruby Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Ruby Bay photo

Ruby Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Ruby Bay photo

Ruby Bay

Photo credit: shankar

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell N | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.0 °C

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 11:33 Local time
Tuesday 26
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 10 10 9 8
Wind (km/h) 10
SE 10
SW 10
WSW 15
Wind State cross 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. Offshore winds are from the southwest with some shelter here from west winds. Easily blown out by onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the north. Prevailing left breaking waves at the point break. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Mapua, New Zealand, 4 km from Ruby Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Ruby Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nelson Airport, 14 km from Ruby Bay.


Air temperature
8 °C

Current weather near Ruby Bay

Overall Ruby Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Ruby Bay Location Maps

Ruby Bay Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Ruby Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Ruby Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Ruby Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    7 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    9 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    10 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Astrolabe Road
    17 mi
snow forecast website

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
city weather forecast website

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.
Ruby Bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Ruby Bay, Nelson - Tasman Bay. Use the tab navigation above to view Ruby Bay sea temperature, Ruby Bay photographs, Ruby Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Ruby Bay webcams, current wind from Nelson - Tasman Bay live weather stations and Ruby 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 Ruby Bay.