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Goat Island Reef Surf Guide

Goat Island Reef in Northland is an exposed beach and reef break The best wind direction is from the south with some shelter here from south winds. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. A reef breaks right. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Goat Island Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Goat Island Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Goat Island Reef occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Goat Island Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Goat Island Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in January while 3% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 96% 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).

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Interactive Goat Island Reef 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 Goat Island Reef is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 68 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Goat Island Reef is Auckland International Airport (AKL), also in New Zealand, 82 km (51 miles) away.

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Goat Island Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 August 2022, 06:14 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Goat Island Reef

Surf stats for Goat Island Reef, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Goat Island Reef

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

Goat Island Reef Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Moggy from Australia
“Goat Island is rock bottomed reef set up that favours mid to high tide. The main wave is a right, with a shorter left.
As the break faces North it also works in stormy SE conditions while the rest of the East Coast is blown out. Usually crowded, especially in these conditions.”

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