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Shag Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.3

Overall: 3.2

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Shag Beach Spot ID

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.5 °C

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 02:33 Local time
Wednesday 12
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 5 5 5 5
Wind (km/h) 20
ENE 15
ENE 15
E 15
Wind State cross-
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Shag Beach in N Otago is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers and there is a right hand reef break as well.. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Sharks have been reported here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Lighthouse (Spot C), 4 km from Shag Beach.

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Shag Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Oamaru, 34 km from Shag Beach.


Air temperature
12.6 °C

Current weather near Shag Beach

Overall Shag Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The closest passenger airport to Shag Beach is Oamaru Airport (OAM) in New Zealand, 52 km (32 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Shag Beach is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 76 km (47 miles) away.
  • Third is Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand, 116 km (72 miles) away.
  • Timaru Airport (TIU) in New Zealand is 127 km (79 miles) away.
  • Wanaka Airport (WKA), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Shag Beach and is 146 km (91 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Shag Beach, Otago. Use the tab navigation above to view Shag Beach sea temperature, Shag Beach photographs, Shag Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Shag Beach webcams, current wind from Otago live weather stations and Shag Beach 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 Shag Beach.