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Sponge bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.1

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Sponge bay Spot ID

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Sponge bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

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Sponge bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.1 °C

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Thursday, 21 March 2019, 18:16 Local time
Thursday 21Fri
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 7 7 8 7
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
SE 5
Wind State cross-
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Sponge bay in Gisborne is a reasonably exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rocks in the line up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Gisborne, New Zealand, 5 km from Sponge bay.

IS AT (local time)

Sponge bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Gisborne-West, 8 km from Sponge bay.

light winds from the ESE

Air temperature
20.2 °C

Current weather near Sponge bay

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 105 miles from Sponge bay.

  12PM 1PM 2PM 3PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.98
Dominant period (s) 11.1 10.5 11.1 11.1

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Overall Sponge bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Sponge bay Location Maps

Sponge bay Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to Sponge bay:

  • Closest ski area
    137 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    139 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    142 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    217 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    351 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Sponge bay:

  • Closest city location
    5 mi
  • Second closest city location
    80 mi
  • Third closest city location
    91 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    106 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    124 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Sponge bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Sponge bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 132 km (82 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 165 km (102 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 171 km (106 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Sponge bay and is 199 km (124 miles) away.
Sponge bay break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Sponge bay, Gisborne and Mahia. Use the tab navigation above to view Sponge bay sea temperature, Sponge bay photographs, Sponge bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Sponge bay webcams, current wind from Gisborne and Mahia live weather stations and Sponge 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 Sponge bay.