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Kahutara ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.3
Crowds: 3.2

Overall: 3.9

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Kahutara break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Kahutara Surf Guide

Kahutara in Kaikoura is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the west northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Kahutara Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kahutara:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kahutara occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Kahutara 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 30% of the time in June while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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 Kahutara Location Map

Interactive Kahutara 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 Kahutara is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 104 km (65 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Kahutara is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 130 km (81 miles) away.

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Kahutara Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 04:10 Local Time
Tuesday 20
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 5
W 5
NW 5
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Kahutara

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Wind History at Kahutara

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