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Moeraki Surf Guide

Moeraki in N Otago is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the west southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the optimum swell angle is from the north northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is also a right hand reef break.. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Sharks may be a hazard at this break.

Moeraki Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Moeraki:

The best conditions reported for surf at Moeraki occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Moeraki with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 9% of the time in December while 24% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% 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 Moeraki Location Map

Interactive Moeraki 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 Moeraki is Oamaru Airport (OAM) in New Zealand, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Moeraki is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 80 km (50 miles) away.

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Moeraki Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 26 May 2022, 16:12 Local Time
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Swell History at Moeraki

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

Wind History at Moeraki

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

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