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Gore Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Gore Bay break guidePhoto by: Al Wamf

Gore Bay Surf Guide

Gore Bay in Kaikoura is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds blow from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Gore Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Gore Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Gore Bay occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Gore Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Gore Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 52% of the time in June while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 18% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
52%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
30%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
18%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Gore Bay Location Map

Interactive Gore 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 Gore Bay is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 93 km (58 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Gore Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 157 km (98 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Gore Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 02:52 Local Time
Thursday 15
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 0.8
S
0.3
SSE
0.4
SE
0.4
SSE
Period (s) 7 18 16 16
Wind (km/h) 5
NNW 10
NNW 5
NNW 15
WNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
glass cross-
off

Swell History at Gore Bay

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

Wind History at Gore Bay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Gore Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    27km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    43km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    46km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Gore Bay: