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Maketu Bar Surf Guide

Maketu Bar in Bay of Plenty is a fairly exposed point break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the south with some shelter here from west winds. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the north northeast. Best around high tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Maketu Bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Maketu Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Maketu Bar occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Maketu Bar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in January while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 78% 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).

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Interactive Maketu Bar 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 Maketu Bar is Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand, 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Maketu Bar is Rotorua Airport (ROT), also in New Zealand, 42 km (26 miles) away.

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Maketu Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 16:29 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Maketu Bar

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

Wind History at Maketu Bar

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

Maketu Bar Reviews:

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Stamp78 from New Zealand
“A lovely seaside village untouched by the commercial hand with a play ground for those who love the surf n sea”

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