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Opunake Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.3
Crowds: 2.7
Accommodation: 5.0
Camping: 3.0

Overall: 4.6

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Opunake Beach break guidePhoto by: Adin pio

Opunake Beach Surf Guide

Opunake Beach in Taranaki is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. Offshore winds are from the north northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. A choice of left and right reefs. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Opunake Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s54.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Opunake Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Opunake Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 26% of the time in April while 60% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 14% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
26%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
60%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
14%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Opunake Beach Location Map

Interactive Opunake 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 Opunake Beach is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 58 km (36 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Opunake Beach is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 114 km (71 miles) away.

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Opunake Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 9 May 2021, 16:31 Local Time
Sunday 09Mon
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m) 0.6
WSW
0.6
WSW
0.7
WSW
1.7
NW
Period (s) 14 14 14 7
Wind (km/h) 30
N 25
NNW 25
N 20
NNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

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Swell History at Opunake Beach

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

Wind History at Opunake Beach

Wind stats for Opunake 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 Opunake Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away

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