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Meatworks break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Meatworks Surf Guide

Meatworks (near Maungamanu) in Kaikoura is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right together with both left and right hand reef breaks offshore.. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Meatworks Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Meatworks:

The best conditions reported for surf at Meatworks 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 Meatworks (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Meatworks 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 Meatworks Location Map

Interactive Meatworks 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 Meatworks is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 89 km (55 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Meatworks is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 121 km (75 miles) away.

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Meatworks Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 14:50 Local Time
Wednesday 25Thu
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 15 15 17
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Meatworks

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

Wind History at Meatworks

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

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