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Tolaga Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.1

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Tolaga Bay Spot ID

Small summer swell, Tolaga Bay photo

Tolaga Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Tolaga Bay Summer Waves photo

Tolaga Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Left from the wharf, Tolaga Bay photo

Tolaga Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Wharf fun, Tolaga Bay photo

Tolaga Bay

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best: Swell E | Wind WSW

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.7 °C

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Thursday, 13 December 2018, 15:45 Local time
Thursday 13Fri
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
NNE 15
NNW 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

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Tolaga Bay in East Cape is an exposed beach and point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rips and rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Tolaga Bay (Cooks Cove), New Zealand, 2 km from Tolaga Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Tolaga Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Tolaga Bay wx, 2 km from Tolaga Bay.


Mostly Cloudy
Air temperature
19.8 °C

Current weather near Tolaga Bay

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 104 miles from Tolaga Bay.

  9AM 10AM 11AM 12PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.94
Dominant period (s) 11.1 11.8 11.8 14.3

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Overall Tolaga Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Tolaga Bay Location Maps

Tolaga Bay Location Map

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snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Tolaga Bay:

  • Closest ski area
    158 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    160 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    163 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    236 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    376 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Tolaga Bay:

  • Closest city location
    26 mi
  • Second closest city location
    106 mi
  • Third closest city location
    113 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    117 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    126 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Tolaga Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 43 km (27 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Tolaga Bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 132 km (82 miles) away.
  • Third is Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand, 177 km (110 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 198 km (123 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Tolaga Bay and is 201 km (125 miles) away.
Tolaga Bay break location map and break info

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