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Lighthouse Reef Surf Guide

Lighthouse Reef in S Canterbury is an exposed beach and reef break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the west northwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the optimum swell angle is from the east northeast. Both left and right reef breaks. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rips, rocks, locals and sharks.

Lighthouse Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
10.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Lighthouse Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Lighthouse Reef occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Lighthouse Reef 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 21% of the time in August while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 54% 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 Lighthouse Reef Location Map

Interactive Lighthouse Reef 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 Lighthouse Reef is Timaru Airport (TIU) in New Zealand, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Lighthouse Reef is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 61 km (38 miles) away.

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Lighthouse Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 2 July 2022, 11:23 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 11 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Lighthouse Reef

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

Wind History at Lighthouse Reef

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

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