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Mitchell's Bay Surf Guide

Mitchell's Bay in Southland is a quite exposed point break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the northwest with some shelter here from south southwest winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of sharks/rips, rocks.

Mitchell's Bay Spot Info

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Surfing Mitchell's Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mitchell's Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Mitchell's Bay sea temperature, Mitchell's Bay photographs, Mitchell's Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Mitchell's Bay webcams, current wind from Southland live weather stations and Mitchell's Bay tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Mitchell's Bay

Mitchell's Bay Surf:

Thursday, 16 July 2020, 05:41 Local time
Thursday 16
Wave (m) 2.2
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h) 10
ENE 10
ENE 10
ENE 15
Wind State cross-

Tide Times:

For Colac Bay, New Zealand, 10 km from Mitchell's Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Mitchell's Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wallacetown, 22 km from Mitchell's Bay.


Air temperature
-2.1 °C

Current weather near Mitchell's Bay

Overall Mitchell's Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

Surf stats for Mitchell's Bay: see the swell variation by month.


Wind stats for Mitchell's Bay: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Mitchell's Bay Location Maps

Mitchell's Bay Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Southland surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Mitchell's Bay

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Mitchell's Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Mitchell's Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Mitchell's Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    Colac Bay
    6 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    New River Entrance
    15 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Bluff Harbour
    21 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    36 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Paterson Inlet
    36 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Mitchell's Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Mitchell's Bay is Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand, 99 km (61 miles) away.
  • Third is Queenstown Airport (ZQN) in New Zealand, 161 km (100 miles) away.
  • Alexandra Airport (ALR) in New Zealand is 166 km (103 miles) away.
  • Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Mitchell's Bay and is 174 km (108 miles) away.
Mitchell's Bay break location map and break info