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Punakaiki ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.3

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Punakaiki break guidePhoto by: Michelle

Punakaiki Surf Guide

Punakaiki on the West Coast is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the east northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Punakaiki Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Punakaiki:

The best conditions reported for surf at Punakaiki occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Punakaiki with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in March while 46% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 11% 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 Punakaiki Location Map

Interactive Punakaiki 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 Punakaiki is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Punakaiki is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 72 km (45 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Punakaiki Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 23:26 Local Time
MonTuesday 20
Wave (m) 1.8
Period (s) 15 15 16 16
Wind (km/h) 5
Wind State cross cross-

Swell History at Punakaiki

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

Wind History at Punakaiki

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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