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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 Forecast / Catlins / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 am Sunday 09 May 2021 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 13.0 °C (Statistics for 09 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.6 max: 12.3 min: 9.1 °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 13.0 °C (Statistics for 09 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.6 max: 12.3 min: 9.1 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still cross-off at Papatowai (fresh winds from the SW at NuggetPointAws 29 km from Papatowai).

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29 km away, 1 h 36 min ago

Moderate
30 km/h
SW
15.0
13.0
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 Sunday (May 09) at 6PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.2m and 14s period with a secondary swell of 0.8m and 8s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Papatowai in the next 12 days are 3.5m 14s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 11) at 6PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.4m 5s period and expected on Sunday (May 16) at 6PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 6PM (Sun 9th May)4ft (1.2m) 14s
Best Surf 3PM (Tue 11th May)10ft (3.0m) 14s
Most Powerful 6PM (Tue 11th May)11ft (3.5m) 14s

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

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Sunday
09
Monday
10
Tuesday
11
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.30.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.54.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.78.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.102.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.126.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.198.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.222.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.246.cc23
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1.4
SW
1.2
SW
1.1
SW
1.3
SW
1.3
SW
2
SW
2.1
SW
3
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SSW
2.5
S
1.9
S
1.3
SW
1.3
SW
1.8
SW
2.4
SW
2.5
SW
2.1
SW
1.7
SW
1.7
SW
1.1
SW
1.3
SW
1.2
SW
1
SW
1.7
SW
3
SW
3
SW
3
SW
3
SSW
2.1
SW
2
SSW
1.7
SW
1.6
SW
1.5
SW
1.7
SW
1.8
SW
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7425733864964941761183040423818271814127455115111009218829061801106710215876855843358192405278060744934221417161203990732932971
10
NW
15
WSW
5
NNE
10
N
10
NNW
10
NNE
10
W
30
WSW
30
SW
10
W
15
W
10
NW
10
NW
10
W
10
NNE
5
N
10
ENE
15
NE
10
N
30
W
30
WNW
20
NW
5
NW
15
NNW
15
NW
25
W
25
WNW
20
NNW
25
WSW
25
W
40
WSW
40
WSW
30
SW
35
SW
30
SW
30
W
cross-
off
offglasscrosscross-
off
crossoffoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
offcrosscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
crossoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
off
1:08PM
1.82
1:26AM
1.81
1:45PM
1.83
2:03AM
1.80
2:23PM
1.83
2:41AM
1.78
3:02PM
1.82
3:20AM
1.74
3:43PM
1.80
4:00AM
1.69
4:25PM
1.75
4:43AM
1.64
5:09PM
1.71
5:28AM
1.59
5:56PM
1.66
6:16AM
1.55
6:46PM
1.64
7:06AM
1.53
7:37PM
1.64
7:59AM
1.54
8:31PM
1.67
8:53AM
1.60
9:24PM
1.72
7:17PM
0.30
7:35AM
0.30
7:55PM
0.31
8:12AM
0.30
8:34PM
0.32
8:49AM
0.31
9:14PM
0.35
9:28AM
0.34
9:55PM
0.39
10:09AM
0.38
10:38PM
0.44
10:52AM
0.43
11:24PM
0.49
11:37AM
0.47
12:11AM
0.54
12:25PM
0.51
1:02AM
0.56
1:16PM
0.52
1:54AM
0.55
2:09PM
0.49
2:47AM
0.51
3:04PM
0.43

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

Sunday
09
Monday
10
Tuesday
11
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
heavy rain
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7:48--7:50--7:52--7:52--7:54--7:54--7:56--7:58--7:58--8:00--8:00--8:02--
-5:27--5:24--5:23--5:22--5:21--5:20--5:19--5:17--5:16--5:15--5:15--5:14-

Short Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 16mm), heaviest on Tue afternoon. Very mild (max 19°C on Mon afternoon, min 6°C on Tue night). Winds increasing (calm on Sun night, fresh winds from the SW by Tue night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 11°C on Thu afternoon, min 4°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 9mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Very mild (max 10°C on Sat morning, min 5°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WSW on Sat morning, light winds from the NW by Sun afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 53mm), heaviest during Tue night. Very mild (max 11°C on Fri morning, min 3°C on Tue night). Winds increasing (light winds from the WSW on Tue morning, strong winds from the WSW by Wed morning).

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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.