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Paekakariki break guide

Paekakariki Surf Guide

Paekakariki in Wellington is a fairly exposed beach break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the southeast. Easily blown out by onshore winds Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Beware of rips and rocks.

Paekakariki Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
12.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Paekakariki:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Paekakariki 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 1% of the time in June while 20% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 79% 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 Paekakariki Location Map

Interactive Paekakariki 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 Paekakariki is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ) in New Zealand, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Paekakariki is Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand, 43 km (27 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Paekakariki Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 07:54 Local Time
Tuesday 16
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at Paekakariki

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

Wind History at Paekakariki

Wind stats for Paekakariki, 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 Paekakariki. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s22.1
    Reliability: inconsistent
    10km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    20km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Paekakariki: