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Middleton Bay Surf Guide

Middleton Bay in Taranaki is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Middleton Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Middleton Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Middleton Bay occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Middleton Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 24% of the time in August while 58% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 18% 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 Middleton Bay Location Map

Interactive Middleton 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 Middleton Bay is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 56 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Middleton Bay is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 122 km (76 miles) away.

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Middleton Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 7 July 2022, 03:40 Local Time
Thursday 07
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off off off

Swell History at Middleton Bay

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

Wind History at Middleton Bay

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

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