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

Overall: 3.3

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Christmas Bay Surf Guide

Christmas Bay in the Waiararpa is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northwest with some shelter here from northeast winds. Does not handle onshore winds very well Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Christmas Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Christmas Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Christmas 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 Christmas Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Christmas Bay 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 27% of the time in May while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 42% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
27%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
42%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Christmas Bay Location Map

Interactive Christmas 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 Christmas Bay is Masterton Airport (MRO) in New Zealand, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Christmas Bay is Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand, 83 km (52 miles) away.

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Christmas Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 16:29 Local Time
Tuesday 20Wed
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m) 0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 14 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
NE 15
NNE 5
NNW 10
NNE
Wind State cross cross cross-
off
cross

Swell History at Christmas Bay

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

Wind History at Christmas Bay

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

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