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Papatowai ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Papatowai Surf Guide

Papatowai in Catlins is an exposed beach/river mouth break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for sharks/rips.

Papatowai Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeach/river mouthIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
13.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papatowai:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Papatowai 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 50% of the time in June while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 25% 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 Papatowai Location Map

Interactive Papatowai 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 Papatowai is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 91 km (57 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Papatowai is Invercargill Airport (IVC), also in New Zealand, 91 km (57 miles) away.

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Papatowai Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 17:33 Local Time
Wednesday 21Thu
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 15
S 20
SSE 10
SE 10
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Papatowai

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

Wind History at Papatowai

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

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