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Mangamaunu break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Mangamaunu Surf Guide

Mangamaunu in Kaikoura is an exposed point break that has very reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the west. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Mangamaunu Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
13.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mangamaunu:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mangamaunu occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mangamaunu 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 44% of the time in June while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 21% 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 Mangamaunu Location Map

Interactive Mangamaunu 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 Mangamaunu is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 88 km (55 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mangamaunu is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 120 km (75 miles) away.

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Mangamaunu Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 May 2022, 16:15 Local Time
Friday 27Sat
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 11 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at Mangamaunu

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

Wind History at Mangamaunu

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

Mangamaunu Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 12 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.1
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.2
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rachel from New Zealand
“Please note: This area is currently being abused by campers and risks being restricted for campers. Abuse of the areas means leaving rubbish, excluding other users, lighting fires, not being self-contained and using the grass area for toilets. There have also been thefts and threats to adjacent property owners. Undersized shellfish shells were also noted in some of the campfires.

We ask that all users of the area consider these points, and not camp here if you wish to spoil the area.”

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    Reliability: very consistent
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    • Icon reefReef and point
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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