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Nugget Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Nugget Point break guide

Nugget Point Surf Guide

Nugget Point in Catlins is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf The best wind direction is from the west southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of sharks/rips.

Nugget Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Nugget Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Nugget Point occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Nugget Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 28% of the time in June while 7% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
28%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
7%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
65%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Nugget Point Location Map

Interactive Nugget Point 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 Nugget Point is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 65 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Nugget Point is Invercargill Airport (IVC), also in New Zealand, 115 km (71 miles) away.

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Nugget Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 18:04 Local Time
Friday 26Sat
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.9
ENE
1.1
ENE
1.3
ENE
1.2
ENE
Period (s) 8 5 5 5
Wind (km/h) 20
ENE 20
NE 20
NE 15
NE
Wind State on on on cross-
on

Swell History at Nugget Point

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

Wind History at Nugget Point

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

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