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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

Icon beach  redBeach and pointIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.4°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:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Campbells Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in June while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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 Campbells Bay Location Map

Interactive Campbells Bay 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 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.

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Campbells Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 June 2022, 01:53 Local Time
Monday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 9 9 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Campbells Bay

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

Wind History at Campbells Bay

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

Campbells Bay Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 12 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.4
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Kooky surfer from New Zealand
“Terrible waves, you can barely get on them too, there's like one or two waves a set, too much kelp and a few sharks pop up here and there. Got to watch out for them, had one circling by the other surfer but you got to watch out for the locals most of all as they are quite aggressive towards non locals and won’t let you catch a wave. There’s normally 2 or 3 forms out there burning you out with little to no surf etiquette, go to Dunners instead.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Campbells Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach reef and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach reef and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    19km away

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