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Karaka Street ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0
Accommodation: 5.0

Overall: 3.9

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Karaka Street Surf Guide

Karaka Street in Wanganui-Manawatu is a reasonably exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Karaka Street Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Karaka Street:

The best conditions reported for surf at Karaka Street occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Karaka Street with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 12% of the time in August while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 48% 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 Karaka Street Location Map

Interactive Karaka Street 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 Karaka Street is Wanganui Airport (WAG) in New Zealand, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Karaka Street is Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand, 69 km (43 miles) away.

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Karaka Street Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 23 April 2021, 17:57 Local Time
Friday 23Sat
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 5 9 5 9
Wind (km/h) 10
NW 15
NNW 15
NNW 15
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Karaka Street

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

Wind History at Karaka Street

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

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