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Smoothwater Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.8

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Smoothwater Bay Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(West Coast South Island, New Zealand)

Smoothwater Bay Spot ID

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Type: point

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind SSE

Sea Temperature Today is: 10.7 °C

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Monday, 16 July 2018, 13:16 Local time
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Wave (m) 1.8
Period (s) 9 9 9 10
Wind (km/h) 25
ENE 20
NE 10
WNW 20
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Smoothwater Bay in West Coast South Island is an exposed point break that is usually a safe bet and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the south southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. The best swell direction is from the northwest. There is no point break and there is left hand reef break too. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown. Watch out for - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Sharks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Jackson Bay, New Zealand, 2 km from Smoothwater Bay.

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Smoothwater Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Hannahs Clearing Haast wx, 22 km from Smoothwater Bay.


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Overall Smoothwater Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Smoothwater Bay is Wanaka Airport (WKA) in New Zealand, 98 km (61 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Smoothwater Bay is Queenstown Airport (ZQN), also in New Zealand, 117 km (73 miles) away.
  • Third is Glentanner Airport (MON) in New Zealand, 123 km (76 miles) away.
  • Mount Cook Airport (GTN) in New Zealand is 126 km (78 miles) away.
  • Alexandra Airport (ALR), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Smoothwater Bay and is 151 km (94 miles) away.
Smoothwater Bay break location map and break info

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

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.