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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 10.6 °C

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Saturday, 22 September 2018, 13:15 Local time
Saturday 22Sun
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 6 6 18 17
Wind (km/h) 15
SE 10
E 5
N 10
Wind State on cross-

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Ward Beach in Kaikoura and Marlborough is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of the strong rips here.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Ward Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At EasyWeather WIFIAEF2 Ward wx, 7 km from Ward Beach.


Air temperature
12.0 °C

Current weather near Ward Beach

Buoy Data:

At Tory East Head Buoy, 44 miles from Ward Beach.

  9AM 10AM 11AM 12PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.221
Average period (s) 5.2 5.3 5.5 5.9

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Overall Ward Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in September

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