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Whites Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Whites Bay Spot ID

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Whites Bay

Photo credit: Bob Jones

Type: beach

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.7 °C

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 12:46 Local time
Wednesday 12
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 5
N 10
NE 5
NNE 10
Wind State glass cross cross-

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Whites Bay in Nelson is a fairly exposed beach break that has very consistent waves, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for dangerous rips.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Port Underwood, New Zealand, 8 km from Whites Bay.

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Whites Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Edgewater Estate Blenheim wx, 4 km from Whites Bay.

wind obs. (6.4 kph from 127 degs) was rejected

Partly Cloudy
Air temperature
17.6 °C

Current weather near Whites Bay

Buoy Data:

At Tory East Head Buoy, 19 miles from Whites Bay.

  6AM 7AM 8AM 9AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.929
Average period (s) 6.6 6.1 5.8 5.4

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Overall Whites Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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Town and city forecasts close to Whites Bay:


  • The closest passenger airport to Whites Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 20 km (12 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Whites Bay is Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand, 64 km (40 miles) away.
  • Third is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 70 km (43 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand is 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Masterton Airport (MRO), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Whites Bay and is 141 km (88 miles) away.
Whites Bay break location map and break info

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