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Colac Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.8
Crowds: 4.1

Overall: 3.4

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Colac Bay break guidePhoto by: raphael rausch

Colac Bay Surf Guide

Colac Bay in Invercargill is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rips, rocks and sharks.

Colac Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent10.1°C

Surfing Colac Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Colac Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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

Colac Bay Surf:

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 06:47 Local time
Thursday 16
Wave (m) 2.2
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
Wind State cross-

Tide Times:

For Colac Bay, New Zealand, 1 km from Colac Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Colac Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wallacetown, 33 km from Colac Bay.


Air temperature
-3.0 °C

Current weather near Colac Bay

Overall Colac Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July


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

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

3-4 ft at Colac Bay photo

Colac Bay

Photo credit: Deow Owen

Riverton Rocks, Colac Bay photo

Colac Bay

Photo credit: Deow Owen

tre bon, Colac Bay photo

Colac Bay

Photo credit: grovel king

Trees on good day, Colac Bay photo

Colac Bay

Photo credit: raphael rausch

Colac Bay Location Maps

Colac Bay Location Map

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

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Colac Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Colac Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Colac Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    Colac Bay
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    New River Entrance
    21 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Bluff Harbour
    27 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Paterson Inlet
    39 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    39 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Colac Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Colac Bay is Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand, 94 km (58 miles) away.
  • Third is Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in New Zealand, 163 km (101 miles) away.
  • Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand is 172 km (107 miles) away.
  • Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Colac Bay and is 184 km (114 miles) away.
Colac Bay break location map and break info