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Aropaonui ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Aropaonui Surf Guide

Aropaonui in Hawkes Bay is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east northeast. A reef breaks left. Best around mid tide. Rarely crowded here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Aropaonui Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Aropaonui:

The best conditions reported for surf at Aropaonui occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Aropaonui with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 46% of the time in May while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 20% 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 Aropaonui Location Map

Interactive Aropaonui 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 Aropaonui is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 99 km (61 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Aropaonui is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 109 km (68 miles) away.

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Aropaonui Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 18 April 2021, 23:59 Local Time
SunMonday 19
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 8 8 8 7
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 5
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Aropaonui

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

Wind History at Aropaonui

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

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