Scarborough ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.6
Crowds: 2.3

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Scarborough Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Scarborough beach Sumner photo

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Sumner Spring Evening, Scarborough photo

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Spring 2012, Scarborough photo

Photo credit: Bryn Williams

Scarborough Spot ID:

Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.8 °C

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Saturday, 18 April 2015, 15:22 Local time

Saturday 18 Sun
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 11 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
E 15
NE 20
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Scarborough in Canterbury is a fairly exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Lyttelton, New Zealand, 6 km from Scarborough.

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Scarborough Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Diamond Harbour, 7 km from Scarborough.

light winds from the E

Air temperature
14 °C

Current weather near Scarborough

Overall Scarborough Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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Visitor Reviews of Scarborough

stephanie from NEW ZEALAND writes:

A great spot for learners and kids very safe, only hazard is there is a rip at each end of beach.


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Scarborough:

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Closest break Taylors Mistake 1 mi
Second closest break Eddies South Shore 2 mi
Third closest break Sumner Bar 2 mi
Fourth closest break Lone Pine Brighton 5 mi
Fifth closest break Trolley's 6 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Scarborough:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4577 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4633 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4879 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4941 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 5086 mi

Tide stations nearest to Scarborough:

Closest tide station Lyttelton 4 mi
Second closest tide station Christchurch 6 mi
Third closest tide station Kaiapoi 15 mi
Fourth closest tide station Akaroa 17 mi
Fifth closest tide station Kaikoura 93 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Scarborough:

Closest ski area Porters (New Zealand) 60 mi
Second closest ski area Mount Cheeseman (New Zealand) 62 mi
Third closest ski area Mount Hutt (New Zealand) 62 mi
Fourth closest ski area Broken River (New Zealand) 63 mi
Fifth closest ski area Craigieburn (New Zealand) 63 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Scarborough:

Closest city location Christchurch (New Zealand) 6 mi
Second closest city location Timaru (New Zealand) 95 mi
Third closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 154 mi
Fourth closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 160 mi
Fifth closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 188 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Scarborough is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, which is 22 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Scarborough is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 149 km (93 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 174 km (108 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Scarborough, Canterbury. Use the tab navigation above to view Scarborough sea temperature, Scarborough photographs, Scarborough detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Scarborough webcams, current wind from Canterbury live weather stations and Scarborough 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 Scarborough.


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