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Matauri Bay break guidePhoto by: Bill Dawes

Matauri Bay Surf Guide

Matauri Bay in Northland is a sheltered beach break that has quite consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rocks.

Matauri Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Matauri Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Matauri Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in July while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% 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 Matauri Bay 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 Matauri Bay is Kerikeri Airport (KKE) in New Zealand, which is 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Matauri Bay is Kaitaia Airport (KAT), also in New Zealand, 57 km (35 miles) away.

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Matauri Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 14:40 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at Matauri Bay

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

Wind History at Matauri Bay

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

Matauri Bay Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s21.7
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  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Thomas from New Zealand
“Great spot to surf! But it doesn't often work. When its good its really good though. Always seems to be a lot of paddle boarders which get in the way a bit.”

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