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Old Man's Hat Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Gisborne and Mahia, New Zealand)

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Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell E | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.4 °C

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 23:51 Local time
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Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 6 6 6 6
Wind (km/h) 0
WSW 10
W 5
Wind State glass cross-

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Old Man's Hat in Gisborne and Mahia is a reasonably exposed reef break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Able to handle light onshore wind Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the east. There is no reef break. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

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.

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Old Man's Hat Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Mahia Peninsula Whangawehi wx, 2 km from Old Man's Hat.


Air temperature
11.1 °C

Current weather near Old Man's Hat

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

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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.
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