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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: 13.7 °C

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Thursday, 13 December 2018, 15:33 Local time
Thursday 13Fri
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
E 15
E 15
ENE 10
Wind State cross-

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Whale Watch Reef in Kaikoura and Marlborough is an exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast. No beach break here as well as a right hand reef break. Best around low tide when the tide is falling. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of rips, rocks and sharks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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

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Whale Watch Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Kaikoura, 2 km from Whale Watch Reef.

moderate winds from the SSW

Air temperature
16.4 °C

Current weather near Whale Watch Reef

Overall Whale Watch Reef Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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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.
Whale Watch Reef break location map and break info

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.