Taylors Mistake ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 3.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

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Taylors Mistake Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

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Taylors Mistake Spot ID:

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.7 °C

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Saturday, 18 April 2015, 20:48 Local time

Sat Sunday 19
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 25
NE 25
NE 30
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Taylors Mistake in Canterbury is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the west. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for rips and rocks.

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Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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For Lyttelton, New Zealand, 6 km from Taylors Mistake.

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At Diamond Harbour, 6 km from Taylors Mistake.


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Visitor Reviews of Taylors Mistake

Bruce Cattermole from AUSTRALIA writes:

Taylors Mistake is nowhere near Kiakoura. Taylors is over the hill from Scarborough and about 25mins from the centre of Christchurch.

Kiakoura is 2 hours of Christchurch and has some of the best breaks on the east coast of the South Island especially Meatworks and Maungamanu whic can handle large swells. This is also a holiday destinations known for its whales and crayfish.

[Editor - Thanks Bruce. Taylor's is in the right place on the maps (coordinates are right) so forecasts are ok, but as you point out, it was listed in the wrong region - we will fix this right away].


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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Taylors Mistake:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break Scarborough 1 mi
Second closest break Eddies South Shore 2 mi
Third closest break Sumner Bar 2 mi
Fourth closest break Lone Pine Brighton 5 mi
Fifth closest break Trolley's 6 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Taylors Mistake:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4578 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4634 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4880 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4941 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 5087 mi

Tide stations nearest to Taylors Mistake:

Closest tide station Lyttelton 4 mi
Second closest tide station Christchurch 6 mi
Third closest tide station Kaiapoi 16 mi
Fourth closest tide station Akaroa 17 mi
Fifth closest tide station Kaikoura 93 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Taylors Mistake:

Closest ski area Porters (New Zealand) 61 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 Craigieburn (New Zealand) 63 mi
Fifth closest ski area Broken River (New Zealand) 63 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Taylors Mistake:

Closest city location Christchurch (New Zealand) 6 mi
Second closest city location Timaru (New Zealand) 95 mi
Third closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 155 mi
Fourth closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 161 mi
Fifth closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 189 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Taylors Mistake is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, which is 23 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Taylors Mistake is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 148 km (92 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 175 km (109 miles) away.
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