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Houghton Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.9

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Houghton Bay break guidePhoto by: AXE

Houghton Bay Surf Guide

Houghton Bay in Wellington is an exposed beach and reef break that has inconsistent surf. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the north with some shelter here from north winds. Able to handle light onshore wind Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. Waves at the beach break both left and right and there is a right hand reef break as well.. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks and pollution.

Houghton Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
17.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Houghton Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Houghton Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Houghton Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 31% of the time in May while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
32%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
37%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Houghton Bay Location Map

Interactive Houghton 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 Houghton Bay is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Houghton Bay is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 52 km (32 miles) away.

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Houghton Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 15:17 Local Time
Saturday 06Sun
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.1
SE
0.1
S
0.1
E
0.1
S
Period (s) 8 16 10 16
Wind (km/h) 35
NNW 35
NNW 35
NNW 35
NW
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Houghton Bay

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

Wind History at Houghton Bay

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

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