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Whale Watch Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Whale Watch Reef Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Kaikoura and Marlborough, New Zealand)

Whale Watch Reef Spot ID

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Type: beach and reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 10.1 °C

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 01:56 Local time
Wednesday 22
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Wave (m) -
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0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.2
ENE
Period (s) - 7 7 7
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 5
NNW 0
WNW 5
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Whale Watch Reef in Kaikoura and Marlborough is an exposed beach and reef break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. There is no beach break and there is a right hand reef break as well. Best around low tide when the tide is falling. Rarely crowded here. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Kaikoura, New Zealand, 2 km from Whale Watch Reef.

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Whale Watch Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

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At Kaikoura, 2 km from Whale Watch Reef.

moderate winds from the WSW

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Air temperature
9.5 °C

Current weather near Whale Watch Reef

Overall Whale Watch Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August

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  • The closest passenger airport to Whale Watch Reef is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 99 km (61 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Whale Watch Reef is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 128 km (80 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 151 km (94 miles) away.
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand is 153 km (95 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Whale Watch Reef and is 189 km (117 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Whale Watch Reef, Kaikoura and Marlborough. Use the tab navigation above to view Whale Watch Reef sea temperature, Whale Watch Reef photographs, Whale Watch Reef detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Whale Watch Reef webcams, current wind from Kaikoura and Marlborough live weather stations and Whale Watch Reef 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 Whale Watch Reef.