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Helena Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 1.6

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Helena Bay Surf Guide

Helena Bay in Northland is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Helena Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s21.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Helena Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Helena Bay occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Helena Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 10% of the time in April while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 62% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
10%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
28%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
62%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Helena Bay Location Map

Interactive Helena 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 Helena Bay is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 37 km (23 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Helena Bay is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 45 km (28 miles) away.

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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.
Helena Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 23:14 Local Time
ThuFriday 16
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.4
ESE
0.4
ESE
0.4
ESE
0.4
NE
Period (s) 9 9 9 11
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 15
WNW 10
WNW 10
WSW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
off

Swell History at Helena Bay

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

Wind History at Helena Bay

Wind stats for Helena 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 Helena Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    7km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Helena Bay: