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Smithfield ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Smithfield Spot ID

Sam Richards, Smithfield photo


Photo credit: Sam Richards

Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.0 °C

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Thursday, 21 March 2019, 14:46 Local time
Thursday 21Fri
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 15 15 14 5
Wind (km/h) 20
ENE 15
ENE 10
NE 10
Wind State on cross-

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Smithfield in S Canterbury is an exposed reef break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. There is a right breaking reef. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for sharks and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Timaru Harbour, New Zealand, 3 km from Smithfield.

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Smithfield Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Glenwood, 4 km from Smithfield.

light winds from the ENE

Air temperature
19.6 °C

Current weather near Smithfield

Overall Smithfield Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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  • The closest passenger airport to Smithfield is Timaru Airport (TIU) in New Zealand, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Smithfield is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 67 km (42 miles) away.
  • Third is Glentanner Airport (MON) in New Zealand, 104 km (65 miles) away.
  • Mount Cook Airport (GTN) in New Zealand is 112 km (70 miles) away.
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Smithfield and is 142 km (88 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Smithfield, Canterbury. Use the tab navigation above to view Smithfield sea temperature, Smithfield photographs, Smithfield detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Smithfield webcams, current wind from Canterbury live weather stations and Smithfield 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 Smithfield.