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Matakana Island Surf Guide

Matakana Island in Bay of Plenty is a quite exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the north northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Matakana Island Spot Info

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

Surfing Matakana Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Matakana Island occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Matakana Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 7% of the time in May while 15% 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).

Explore Matakana Island Location Map

Interactive Matakana Island 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 Matakana Island is Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Matakana Island is Rotorua Airport (ROT), also in New Zealand, 63 km (39 miles) away.

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Matakana Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 1 July 2022, 01:15 Local Time
Friday 01
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off cross-
off off

Swell History at Matakana Island

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

Wind History at Matakana Island

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

Matakana Island Reviews:

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Based on 8 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Syd from Australia
“Matakana Island is a quality wave on its day but hardly world class as some Mount locals claim.
The waves and banks are inconsistent, and too short waves, and few barrels.
Surf Indonesia if you want plenty of quality ,and barrels, the waves there make Matakana look ordinary go to East Java, Gland, West Sumatra, and North, to Nias, Banyak Islands.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away

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