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Campbells Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.3

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Campbells Bay break guide

Campbells Bay Surf Guide

Campbells Bay in N Otago is an exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west northwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right and there is a left hand point break as well. Best around high tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Watch out for sharks.

Campbells Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Campbells Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Campbells Bay occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:
New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Campbells Bay sea temperature, Campbells Bay photographs, Campbells Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Campbells Bay webcams, current wind from Otago live weather stations and Campbells Bay 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 Campbells Bay

Campbells Bay Surf:

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 09:30 Local time
Tuesday 11
Wave (m) 1.8
Period (s) 12 12 13 13
Wind (km/h) 5
WNW 15
N 10
Wind State glass cross-
cross cross

Tide Times:

For All Day Bay, 2 km from Campbells Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Campbells Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Oamaru, 10 km from Campbells Bay.


Air temperature
1.6 °C

Current weather near Campbells Bay

Overall Campbells Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August


Surf stats for Campbells Bay: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Campbells Bay: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Campells Bay, Campbells Bay photo

Campbells Bay

Photo credit: Sophie Moynihan

Campbells Bay Location Maps

Campbells Bay Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Otago surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Campbells Bay

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Campbells Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Campbells Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Campbells Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    7 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Otago Harbour Entrance
    42 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Port Chalmers
    45 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    52 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Timaru Harbour
    58 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Campbells Bay is Oamaru Airport (OAM) in New Zealand, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Campbells Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 98 km (61 miles) away.
  • Third is Timaru Airport (TIU) in New Zealand, 103 km (64 miles) away.
  • Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand is 120 km (75 miles) away.
  • Wanaka Airport (WKA), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Campbells Bay and is 141 km (88 miles) away.
Campbells Bay break location map and break info