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Motunau Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5
Accommodation: 2.0

Overall: 2.6

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Motunau Beach Surf Guide

Motunau Beach in Kaikoura is an exposed beach and point break that has pretty consitent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is also a left hand point break. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rocks and private access.

Motunau Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and pointIcon  s32.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Motunau Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Motunau Beach occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Motunau Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 32% of the time in March while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
32%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
37%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Motunau Beach Location Map

Interactive Motunau Beach 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 Motunau Beach is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 65 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Motunau Beach is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 174 km (108 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Motunau Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 May 2021, 19:55 Local Time
ThuFriday 07
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.4
SE
0.4
SE
0.3
SSE
0.4
SE
Period (s) 16 15 16 16
Wind (km/h) 10
NNE 10
NNE 15
NE 10
NE
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Motunau Beach

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

Wind History at Motunau Beach

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Motunau Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    19km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    27km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Motunau Beach: