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Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.2

Overall: 2.9

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Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay break guidePhoto by: Ben

Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay Surf Guide

Hickory Bay in Banks Peninsular is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of rips and rocks.

Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in March while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 35% 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).

Explore Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay Location Map

Interactive Banks Peninsula - Hickory 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 nearest passenger airport to Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, which is 57 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 162 km (101 miles) away.

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Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 08:11 Local Time
Monday 19
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 13 14 14 16
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 5
NNE 10
NE 10
Wind State glass off cross-

Swell History at Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay

Surf stats for Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay

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

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