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Old Man's Hat

Photo credit: Rob Davies

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Old Man's Hat

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell E | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.2 °C

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 04:28 Local time
Tuesday 19
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
N 5
NW 5
ESE 15
Wind State glass glass glass cross-

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Old Man's Hat in Gisborne and Mahia is a reasonably exposed reef break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Still reasonable in light onshore winds Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east. There is no reef break. Best around mid tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rocks.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Aurora Point, 4 km from Old Man's Hat.

IS AT (local time)

Old Man's Hat Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Mahia Heights, 3 km from Old Man's Hat.


Air temperature
15.0 °C

Current weather near Old Man's Hat

Buoy Data:

At Bay of Plenty Buoy, 119 miles from Old Man's Hat.

  10PM 11PM 12AM 1AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.91
Dominant period (s) 9.1 9.5 9.5 9.1

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Overall Old Man's Hat Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Ski Resorts closest to Old Man's Hat:

  • Closest ski area
    124 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    127 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    129 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    206 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    328 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Old Man's Hat:

  • Closest city location
    29 mi
  • Second closest city location
    58 mi
  • Third closest city location
    69 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    111 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    135 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Old Man's Hat is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Old Man's Hat is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 156 km (97 miles) away.
  • Third is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 163 km (101 miles) away.
  • Rotorua Airport (ROT) in New Zealand is 176 km (109 miles) away.
  • Tauranga Airport (TRG), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Old Man's Hat and is 217 km (135 miles) away.
Old Man's Hat break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Old Man's Hat, Gisborne and Mahia. Use the tab navigation above to view Old Man's Hat sea temperature, Old Man's Hat photographs, Old Man's Hat detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Old Man's Hat webcams, current wind from Gisborne and Mahia live weather stations and Old Man's Hat 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 Old Man's Hat.