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The Bluff-South Side ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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The Bluff-South Side

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell NW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.1 °C

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Saturday, 20 July 2019, 17:33 Local time
Saturday 20Sun
Wave (m) 3.5
Period (s) 13 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
W 20
W 15
W 10
Wind State cross-

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The Bluff-South Side in Northland is an exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rips, sharks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For The Bluff-North Side, 1 km from The Bluff-South Side.

IS AT (local time)

The Bluff-South Side Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Cape Reinga, 35 km from The Bluff-South Side.

moderate winds from the W

no report
Air temperature
14.2 °C

Current weather near The Bluff-South Side

Overall The Bluff-South Side Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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The Bluff-South Side Location Maps

The Bluff-South Side Location Map

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Ski Resorts closest to The Bluff-South Side:

  • Closest ski area
    326 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    346 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    351 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    352 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    497 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to The Bluff-South Side:


  • The closest passenger airport to The Bluff-South Side is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, which is 55 km (34 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to The Bluff-South Side is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 112 km (70 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 179 km (111 miles) away.
The Bluff-South Side break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for The Bluff-South Side, Northland. Use the tab navigation above to view The Bluff-South Side sea temperature, The Bluff-South Side photographs, The Bluff-South Side detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, The Bluff-South Side webcams, current wind from Northland live weather stations and The Bluff-South Side 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 The Bluff-South Side.