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Taylors Mistake ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.4

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Taylors Mistake

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Taylors Mistake photo

Taylors Mistake

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.8 °C

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Thursday, 26 November 2015, 14:37 Local time
Thursday 26
Wave (m) 0.2
Period (s) 6 6 3 4
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 20
NE 25
NNE 30
Wind State cross-

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Taylors Mistake in Kaikoura is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably 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 direction is from the east northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rips and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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

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Taylors Mistake Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Lyttelton, 10 km from Taylors Mistake.


Air temperature
26 °C

Current weather near Taylors Mistake

Overall Taylors Mistake Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in November

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Taylors Mistake Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Taylors Mistake:

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Wave buoys nearest to Taylors Mistake:

Tide stations nearest to Taylors Mistake:

  • Closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    6 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    16 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    17 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    93 mi
snow forecast website

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
city weather forecast website

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.
Taylors Mistake break location map and break info

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