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Aramoana Spit break guidePhoto by: Phil Lyons

Aramoana Spit Surf Guide

Aramoana Spit in Otago is a quite exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Be warned that sharks have been sighted.

Aramoana Spit Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Aramoana Spit:

The best conditions reported for surf at Aramoana Spit occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Aramoana Spit (for consistent clean waves)?

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Aramoana Spit with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 7% of the time in August while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 80% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Aramoana Spit Location Map

Interactive Aramoana Spit surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Aramoana Spit is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Aramoana Spit is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 95 km (59 miles) away.

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Aramoana Spit Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 June 2023, 12:49 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Aramoana Spit

Surf stats for Aramoana Spit, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Aramoana Spit

Wind stats for Aramoana Spit, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Aramoana Spit Reviews:

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Based on 10 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s55.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.8
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  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.1
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Ted brown from New Zealand
“Mint condition on a good day at the spit.”

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