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Mount Maunganui break guidePhoto by: Roy Stuart

Mount Maunganui Surf Guide

Mount Maunguni in Bay of Plenty is a reasonably exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the south southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the north northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of .

Mount Maunganui Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mount Maunganui:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mount Maunganui with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in January while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 75% 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).

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Interactive Mount Maunganui 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 Mount Maunganui is Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mount Maunganui is Rotorua Airport (ROT), also in New Zealand, 55 km (34 miles) away.

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Mount Maunganui Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 19:40 Local Time
SatSunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 4 4 5
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Swell History at Mount Maunganui

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

Wind History at Mount Maunganui

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

Mount Maunganui Reviews:

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Surfing is a blessing from New Caledonia
“Mount Maunganui top 1st most dangerous beach been that way for 5 years now sometimes shark alley can get some good peels but watch out for the close outs for mount main beach you can get snowballed in a barrel on a good 3-5 ft or a 2-4”

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