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Oreti Beach break guidePhoto by: Tom Doyle Franklin

Oreti Beach Surf Guide

Oreti Beach in Southland is an exposed beach break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include sharks/rips.

Oreti Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
13.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Oreti Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Oreti Beach occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Oreti Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 32% of the time in February while 67% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% 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 Oreti Beach Location Map

Interactive Oreti 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 Oreti Beach is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Oreti Beach is Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand, 110 km (68 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Oreti Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 20 May 2022, 10:15 Local Time
Friday 20
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Oreti Beach

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

Wind History at Oreti Beach

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

    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    27km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    27km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    39km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    40km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Oreti Beach: