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Papatowai Surf Forecast / Catlins / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 am Saturday 02 Jul 2022 NZST
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Papatowai surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Papatowai sea temperature is 11.2 °C (Statistics for 02 Jul 1981-2005 - mean: 9.5 max: 11.1 min: 8.4 °C)
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Papatowai surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Papatowai sea temperature is 11.2 °C (Statistics for 02 Jul 1981-2005 - mean: 9.5 max: 11.1 min: 8.4 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still offshore at Papatowai (fresh winds from the WNW at Nugget Point Automatic Weather Station 29 km from Papatowai).

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29 km away, 1 h 31 min ago

Moderate
31 km/h
WNW
8.5
11.2
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Papatowai this week:

The surf forecast for Papatowai over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Saturday (Jul 02) at 12PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 4.5m and 14s period with a secondary swell of 4.0m and 15s. Another secondary swell of 0.4m and 10s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Papatowai in the next 12 days are 6.0m 15s and forecast to arrive on Wednesday (Jul 06) at 12PM. Winds are predicted to be offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.5m 6s period and expected on Sunday (Jul 03) at 12PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)12PM (Sat 2nd Jul)15ft (4.5m) 14s
Best Surf 6AM (Wed 6th Jul)20ft (6.0m) 15s
Most Powerful12PM (Wed 6th Jul)20ft (6.0m) 15s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Papatowai over the next 12 days.

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Saturday
02
Sunday
03
Monday
04
Tuesday
05
Wednesday
06
Thursday
07
Friday
08
Saturday
09
Sunday
10
Monday
11
Tuesday
12
Wednesday
13
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
Rating
(10 max)
98766981097691111119106300002222000000000
Swell
Height Map
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.108.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.132.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.156.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.204.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.228.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.252.cc23
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
4
SW
4
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
5.5
SW
4.5
SW
4.5
SSW
4
SSW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
5
SW
6
SW
6
SW
6
SW
5.5
SW
4.5
SSW
4
SSW
2.5
S
3
SSE
2.3
SSE
2
SSE
1.8
SSE
1.5
SSE
1.6
E
1.6
E
1.4
SSW
1.8
ENE
1.8
ENE
2.1
E
2.1
E
2.1
E
2.1
ENE
1.1
SW
1.7
ENE
0.8
SW
Period(s) (?)1514141414131415161514141515151414131413131212111010141010777713712
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)73276011527846004485993268368360782652614314999215216157731613912511847449442981291916351108901544562551735667653402465478412376277177
Wind
(km/h)
30
W
25
W
25
WNW
25
WNW
30
WNW
35
WSW
20
WNW
10
WNW
15
NW
15
NNW
15
NNW
35
W
40
W
40
W
35
WSW
25
WSW
15
SW
10
ENE
15
NE
20
NE
25
ENE
25
E
25
ESE
20
E
15
E
20
E
20
ENE
20
ENE
25
ENE
30
ENE
30
ENE
30
ENE
30
ENE
25
ENE
25
ENE
20
NE
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
offoffoffoffoffoffoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
ononononononononcross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)
4:59PM
1.76
5:14AM
1.65
5:41PM
1.73
5:56AM
1.63
6:23PM
1.69
6:39AM
1.60
7:07PM
1.67
7:26AM
1.60
7:54PM
1.66
8:16AM
1.62
8:45PM
1.67
9:10AM
1.67
9:39PM
1.70
10:08AM
1.75
10:35PM
1.75
11:06AM
1.85
11:32PM
1.81
12:04PM
1.96
12:28AM
1.89
1:02PM
2.07
1:24AM
1.97
1:58PM
2.15
2:19AM
2.04
Low Tide
/ height (m)
10:42AM
0.36
11:11PM
0.45
11:23AM
0.40
11:52PM
0.48
12:05PM
0.43
12:35AM
0.50
12:50PM
0.46
1:20AM
0.51
1:37PM
0.47
2:07AM
0.50
2:29PM
0.46
2:58AM
0.47
3:25PM
0.43
3:52AM
0.40
4:23PM
0.37
4:48AM
0.32
5:22PM
0.30
5:44AM
0.21
6:20PM
0.22
6:41AM
0.10
7:17PM
0.14
7:37AM
0.01
8:12PM
0.08

Note: the tide data above is for Long Point which is 8 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Papatowai.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Papatowai blow from the W

Saturday
02
Sunday
03
Monday
04
Tuesday
05
Wednesday
06
Thursday
07
Friday
08
Saturday
09
Sunday
10
Monday
11
Tuesday
12
Wednesday
13
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Rain (mm)
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Temp. °C10101011119810910116788887788777777888777898
Low °C910991187777115678766587776677777777887
Chill °C (?)777885687891234567454333444444333465
Sunrise8:26--8:26--8:26--8:26--8:26--8:25--8:25--8:23--8:23--8:22--8:22--8:22--
Sunset-5:05--5:05--5:06--5:06--5:07--5:07--5:08--5:08--5:09--5:10--5:12--5:13-

Short Range Forecast: Some drizzle, heaviest during Sun night. Very mild (max 11°C on Sun morning, min 7°C on Mon morning). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WSW on Sun night, light winds from the WNW by Mon afternoon).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Light rain (total 7mm), mostly falling on Tue night. Very mild (max 11°C on Tue afternoon, min 5°C on Tue night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the W on Tue night, calm by Thu night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Mild temperatures (max 8°C on Fri afternoon, min 5°C on Fri morning). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Mild temperatures (max 9°C on Wed afternoon, min 6°C on Thu morning). Mainly fresh winds.

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Information about the Papatowai Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Papatowai provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Papatowai can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Papatowai surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Papatowai) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Papatowai may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Papatowai is 88 km (55 miles) from the city of Invercargill. If you plan a holiday in Catlins, look for hotels and other accommodation in Invercargill. Invercargill has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.