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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 Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 12 am Sunday 07 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Punakaiki surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Punakaiki sea temperature is 17.4 °C (Statistics for 07 Mar 1981-2005 - mean: 17.5 max: 18.9 min: 15.7 °C)
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Punakaiki surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Punakaiki sea temperature is 17.4 °C (Statistics for 07 Mar 1981-2005 - mean: 17.5 max: 18.9 min: 15.7 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Punakaiki (light winds from the SSE at Westport 37 km from Punakaiki). 3.7m swell from WSW too big

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37 km away, 55 min ago

Light
9 km/h
SSE
11.4
17.4
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Punakaiki this week:

The surf forecast for Punakaiki over the next 7 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Sunday (Mar 07) at 10AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 3.5m and 14s period with a secondary swell of 0.3m and 12s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Punakaiki in the next 7 days are 3.5m 14s and forecast to arrive on Sunday (Mar 07) at 10AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.6m 5s period and expected on Wednesday (Mar 10) at 1PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)10AM (Sun 7th Mar)11ft (3.5m) 14s
Best Surf10AM (Sun 7th Mar)11ft (3.5m) 14s
Most Powerful10AM (Sun 7th Mar)11ft (3.5m) 14s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Punakaiki over the next 7 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
07
Monday
08
Tuesday
09
Wednesday
10
Thursday
11
Friday
12
Saturday
13
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
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4
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
1.8
WSW
1.4
WSW
1.2
WSW
0.7
WSW
1.2
WSW
1.5
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.5
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.1
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.6
WSW
1.3
WSW
1
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.9
SW
0.9
SW
1514131210101010111918171615141413131212111111
615543023556330417341102598404322322854136715751069246016271042763443280215176172
20
NE
10
NNE
15
WSW
25
SW
20
SW
15
SW
10
SSW
0
E
15
WSW
5
N
25
NNE
30
N
25
SW
0
SSE
15
N
5
N
5
SE
10
SW
5
SE
0
SSW
10
SW
5
ENE
10
NE
cross-
off
cross-
off
ononononcross-
on
glassonglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
glasscross-
off
glassglassoncross-
off
glassonglassoff
6:04AM
2.36
6:47PM
2.29
7:22AM
2.32
8:06PM
2.28
8:37AM
2.38
9:15PM
2.37
9:38AM
2.50
10:10PM
2.49
10:29AM
2.63
10:55PM
2.60
11:12AM
2.73
11:35PM
2.69
11:50AM
2.80
12:11AM
2.74
11:46PM
0.61
12:26PM
0.61
1:03AM
0.70
1:46PM
0.62
2:20AM
0.67
2:58PM
0.54
3:25AM
0.57
3:57PM
0.42
4:17AM
0.45
4:45PM
0.30
5:02AM
0.33
5:26PM
0.21
5:41AM
0.25
6:03PM
0.15
6:17AM
0.20

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Punakaiki blow from the ENE

Sunday
07
Monday
08
Tuesday
09
Wednesday
10
Thursday
11
Friday
12
Saturday
13
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain shwrsclearclearrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsheavy rainsome cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
10--12-----115-----------
1316161414141315151315171616161516171416161413
1314161213141214151314161415161315161314161413
1116151213131215141313161416151516171316161412
-7:20--7:22--7:24--7:24--7:26--7:26--7:28---
--8:07--8:07--8:05--8:02--8:01--8:00--7:58--

Short Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 14mm), heaviest on Sat night. Cool air temperatures (max 16°C on Sun morning, min 12°C on Sun night). Winds increasing (calm on Tue morning, fresh winds from the NNE by Wed morning).

Long Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 15mm), heaviest on Wed afternoon. Cool air temperatures (max 17°C on Wed afternoon, min 13°C on Thu night). Mainly fresh winds.

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Information about the Punakaiki Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Punakaiki provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at Punakaiki can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Punakaiki 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 (Punakaiki) 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 Punakaiki 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.

Punakaiki is 186 km (116 miles) from the city of Nelson. If you plan a holiday in West Coast South Island, look for hotels and other accommodation in Nelson. Nelson has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.