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

Overall: 3.2

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

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 am Sunday 09 May 2021 NZST
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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 16.0 °C (Statistics for 09 May 1981-2005 - mean: 15.8 max: 17.4 min: 13.7 °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 16.0 °C (Statistics for 09 May 1981-2005 - mean: 15.8 max: 17.4 min: 13.7 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for Nelson - West Coast

  1. Friday was almost a repeat of Thursday but there was a brief spell when the E breeze went SE and the head-high waves lined up nicely at the west end off the rocks.

    Wharariki Beach, 7 km away
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Actual: 36 min ago

Moderate
19 km/h
NW
Cross-On
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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 Monday (May 10) at 12AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.7m and 8s period with a secondary swell of 1.7m and 8s. Another secondary swell of 0.4m and 14s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-shore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Farewell Spit in the next 12 days are 4.0m 10s and forecast to arrive on Saturday (May 15) at 12PM. Winds are predicted to be onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 3.0m 8s period and expected on Wednesday (May 12) at 12PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)12AM (Mon 10th May)5.5ft (1.7m) 8s
Best Surf 6PM (Sat 15th May)10ft (3.0m) 10s
Most Powerful12PM (Sat 15th May)13ft (4.0m) 10s

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

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Sunday
09
Monday
10
Tuesday
11
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.30.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.54.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.78.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.102.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.126.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.198.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.222.cc23
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2.5
NNW
2.3
NNW
1.7
NNW
1.1
WNW
0.9
WNW
0.6
W
2.5
NNW
2.4
NNW
1
W
1
W
1.2
W
1
W
0.9
W
0.8
W
0.7
W
1
N
1.4
N
1.7
N
3.5
N
3.5
NNW
2.4
NNW
2.1
W
2.2
W
1.6
W
2.1
W
2.1
WNW
2
W
1.5
W
1.6
W
1.5
W
1.1
W
1
W
1.2
W
1.3
W
1.1
W
0.9
W
9889818881514131212131277791097810668131217161616141313
908653345177103216720753422395506300232219148102173306177825469134615944943503524787237971342646507692617426268
40
NNW
30
NW
25
WNW
20
WNW
10
WNW
30
NNW
45
NW
30
WNW
25
W
25
ESE
25
SE
25
SE
15
SE
5
ENE
5
SE
5
WSW
15
NW
15
NW
35
N
45
N
50
WSW
35
WSW
30
W
40
WNW
30
WNW
35
WNW
35
WSW
35
WSW
45
W
45
WSW
65
W
45
WSW
40
WSW
45
WSW
40
WSW
25
WSW
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscrosscrossoncross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
ononcross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscrosscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
8:54PM
2.94
9:08AM
3.00
9:30PM
3.04
9:43AM
3.05
10:04PM
3.10
10:18AM
3.07
10:38PM
3.13
10:52AM
3.05
11:12PM
3.11
11:27AM
3.00
11:48PM
3.05
12:03PM
2.91
12:25AM
2.97
12:42PM
2.80
1:05AM
2.86
1:25PM
2.69
1:50AM
2.76
2:15PM
2.59
2:43AM
2.69
3:14PM
2.53
3:45AM
2.67
4:21PM
2.54
2:43PM
0.44
3:01AM
0.49
3:19PM
0.36
3:37AM
0.42
3:53PM
0.30
4:12AM
0.37
4:27PM
0.29
4:46AM
0.36
5:01PM
0.31
5:22AM
0.39
5:35PM
0.37
5:58AM
0.46
6:11PM
0.46
6:36AM
0.56
6:50PM
0.57
7:18AM
0.66
7:34PM
0.68
8:06AM
0.75
8:25PM
0.78
9:03AM
0.81
9:24PM
0.83
10:07AM
0.79
10:31PM
0.83

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

Sunday
09
Monday
10
Tuesday
11
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
moderate rain
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
moderate rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light rainrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudsmod. rainmod. rainrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearsome cloudslight rainheavy rainclearclearsome cloudsrain shwrssome cloudsmod. rainsome cloudsclearclearrisk thund- derrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearsome clouds
431-10941-21-------332---3-9---3311---
17171717171717181712101091010101114151514131415151414131313131211101111
17171617161717171499999991111151512131415151412121313101110101010
151616161616151716977710101091213121110121313111210109987677
7:20--7:22--7:22--7:24--7:24--7:26--7:26--7:28--7:28--7:30--7:31--7:31--
-5:28--5:27--5:25--5:24--5:23--5:22--5:22--5:21--5:20--5:19--5:19--5:17-

Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 32mm), heaviest during Mon afternoon. Very mild (max 18°C on Tue afternoon, min 14°C on Tue night). Winds increasing (light winds from the WNW on Mon afternoon, strong winds from the NW by Mon night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Light rain (total 3mm), mostly falling on Wed morning. Very mild (max 14°C on Fri night, min 9°C on Wed morning). Winds decreasing (near gales from the SE on Wed morning, calm by Thu night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 47mm), heaviest during Sat afternoon. Very mild (max 15°C on Sat morning, min 12°C on Sat night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the N on Sat morning, moderate winds from the WNW by Sun afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 8mm), mostly falling on Tue night. Very mild (max 13°C on Tue morning, min 10°C on Wed morning). Winds decreasing (gales from the W on Wed morning, moderate winds from the WSW by Thu night).

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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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