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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

Overall: 3.4

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Scarborough Spot ID

Scarborough beach Sumner photo


Photo credit: chippie

Sumner Spring Evening, Scarborough photo


Photo credit: Rob Davies

T" SUP, Scarborough photo


Photo credit: Chris H

Spring 2012, Scarborough photo


Photo credit: Bryn Williams

Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 10.8 °C

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Thursday, 8 October 2015, 04:44 Local time
Thursday 08
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 8 8 8 11
Wind (km/h) 45
SSW 30
SW 35
SW 40
Wind State off off off off

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Scarborough in Canterbury is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide. It's sometimes crowded here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

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 Lyttelton, 10 km from Scarborough.

moderate winds from the E

Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near Scarborough

Overall Scarborough Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Scarborough Location Maps

Scarborough Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Scarborough:

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Wave buoys nearest to Scarborough:

Tide stations nearest to Scarborough:

  • Closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    6 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    15 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    17 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    93 mi
snow forecast website

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
city weather forecast website

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.
Scarborough break location map and break info

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.