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Pataua ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Pataua break guidePhoto by: Jacob Clark

Pataua Surf Guide

Pataua in Northland is an exposed point break that has unreliable waves Works best in offshore winds from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

Pataua Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
20.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pataua:

The best conditions reported for surf at Pataua occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Pataua with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 42% of the time in January while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 7% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
42%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
51%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
7%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Pataua Location Map

Interactive Pataua 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 Pataua is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pataua is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 75 km (47 miles) away.

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Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Pataua Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 23:35 Local Time
SatSunday 11
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 2.5
NNE
2.1
NNE
1.9
NNE
1.1
E
Period (s) 8 8 8 12
Wind (km/h) 20
N 10
NNW 5
NW 5
W
Wind State cross-
on
cross cross cross-
off

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Swell History at Pataua

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

Wind History at Pataua

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

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.