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Farewell Spit Surf Forecast / Nelson – West Coast / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 12 pm Thursday 09 Feb 2023 NZDT
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Farewell Spit surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Farewell Spit sea temperature is 20.6 °C (Statistics for 09 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 18.7 max: 20.2 min: 17.1 °C)
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Farewell Spit surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Farewell Spit sea temperature is 20.6 °C (Statistics for 09 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 18.7 max: 20.2 min: 17.1 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for Nelson - West Coast

  1. weather stationWind Update Previously calm conditions have become cross-shore at Wharariki Beach (light winds from the E at Whanganui Inlet 9 km from Wharariki Beach).

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Actual: 47 min ago

Light
11 km/h
E
Cross-Shore
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Farewell Spit this week:

The surf forecast for Farewell Spit over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (Feb 09) at 7PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.0m and 13s period with a secondary swell of 1.0m and 7s. Another secondary swell of 0.5m and 3s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Farewell Spit in the next 12 days are 1.7m 18s and forecast to arrive on Sunday (Feb 12) at 4PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 3.5m 8s period and expected on Tuesday (Feb 14) at 7AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 7PM (Thu 9th Feb)3.5ft (1.0m) 13s
Best Surf 7PM (Thu 9th Feb)3.5ft (1.0m) 13s
Most Powerful 4PM (Sun 12th Feb)5.5ft (1.7m) 18s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Farewell Spit over the next 12 days.

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Thursday
09
Friday
10
Saturday
11
Sunday
12
Monday
13
Tuesday
14
Wednesday
15
Thursday
16
Friday
17
Saturday
18
Sunday
19
Monday
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
Rating
(10 max)
321332010232000000101014000112203220
Swell
Height Map
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.198.cc23
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.1
W
1.1
W
1.2
W
1
W
0.9
WSW
0.7
WSW
0.6
W
0.5
W
0.4
WSW
1
NNW
1.7
NNW
1.7
NNW
1.4
NNW
0.9
NNW
0.5
N
0.2
NNW
0.7
WSW
1
WSW
0.8
W
1.1
W
1.2
W
1.1
W
1.7
W
1.9
W
1.6
W
2
W
0.6
W
0.7
W
0.9
W
0.7
W
1.3
NW
1.4
NW
1.6
W
1.3
WNW
1.1
WNW
0.7
WNW
Period(s) (?)14141313131212121221181514131211688712811119614131313678888
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)4564364983392731551017045855170213586612827212351378212740714972079538133213617327615812821733319115156
Wind
(km/h)
15
SW
10
W
25
ESE
10
SSE
10
NW
15
SE
30
SE
20
ESE
30
ESE
30
ESE
30
E
40
SE
55
SE
55
SE
65
SE
80
SE
50
SSE
20
W
20
WSW
45
W
35
WSW
40
WSW
40
WSW
5
E
30
W
45
WNW
35
WSW
15
E
15
E
15
ESE
5
ENE
30
WNW
15
WSW
5
WSW
5
WSW
10
E
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscrosscrosscross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
glasscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:15PM
3.18
1:33AM
3.02
1:48PM
3.12
2:07AM
2.96
2:23PM
3.03
2:45AM
2.88
3:02PM
2.92
3:29AM
2.78
3:48PM
2.79
4:22AM
2.68
4:48PM
2.67
5:30AM
2.61
6:02PM
2.60
6:49AM
2.63
7:24PM
2.64
8:06AM
2.79
8:39PM
2.81
9:12AM
3.03
9:41PM
3.02
10:08AM
3.28
10:34PM
3.23
10:58AM
3.50
11:23PM
3.39
Low Tide
/ height (m)
7:29PM
0.28
7:40AM
0.34
8:03PM
0.32
8:15AM
0.43
8:39PM
0.41
8:55AM
0.54
9:21PM
0.51
9:40AM
0.67
10:10PM
0.64
10:38AM
0.79
11:13PM
0.75
11:49AM
0.86
12:28AM
0.78
1:11PM
0.81
1:46AM
0.69
2:26PM
0.64
2:55AM
0.49
3:30PM
0.38
3:53AM
0.26
4:25PM
0.13
4:44AM
0.04
5:14PM
-0.08

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Farewell Spit blow from the S

Thursday
09
Friday
10
Saturday
11
Sunday
12
Monday
13
Tuesday
14
Wednesday
15
Thursday
16
Friday
17
Saturday
18
Sunday
19
Monday
20
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Rain (mm)
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Temp. °C171817161818171819182020191918182019202019192018191920191918171919202020
Low °C171816161717171818181918181916171917182018192016181919181817171918191918
Feels °C (?)13161215151612161614151299761220141314131318121219181716171515202018
Sunrise6:45--6:46--6:48--6:48--6:50--6:50--6:52--6:54--6:54--6:56--6:56--6:58--
Sunset-8:39--8:37--8:37--8:36--8:35--8:32--8:31--8:30--8:29--8:28--8:27--8:24-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 19°C on Sat night, min 16°C on Thu night). Winds increasing (calm on Fri morning, fresh winds from the ESE by Sat night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 37mm), heaviest during Mon night. Warm (max 20°C on Sun afternoon, min 16°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (severe gales from the SE on Mon night, calm by Tue night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Wed morning. Warm (max 20°C on Wed morning, min 16°C on Thu night). Winds increasing (calm on Thu night, strong winds from the WNW by Fri afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 20°C on Mon morning, min 17°C on Sat night). Mainly fresh winds.

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Information about the Farewell Spit Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Farewell Spit provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Farewell Spit can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Farewell Spit surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Farewell Spit) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Farewell Spit may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

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