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Arawhata Surf Guide

Arawhata in Taranaki is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. Offshore winds blow from the northeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Handles onshore winds better than most spots Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. There is no reef break. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Arawhata Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Arawhata:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Arawhata 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 24% of the time in August while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% 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).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Arawhata Location Map

Interactive Arawhata 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 Arawhata is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 56 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Arawhata is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 121 km (75 miles) away.

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Arawhata Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 10:06 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 6
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Arawhata

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

Wind History at Arawhata

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

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