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Otago Peninsula – Papanui Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Otago, New Zealand)

Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach Surf Guide

Papanui Beach on the Otago Peninsula is an exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southwest with some shelter here from west winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include sharks and rocks.

Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 27% of the time in May while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 46% 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 Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach Location Map

Interactive Otago Peninsula - Papanui 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 Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 103 km (64 miles) away.

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Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 00:01 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off cross-

Swell History at Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach

Surf stats for Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach

Wind stats for Otago Peninsula - Papanui Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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