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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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  1. weather stationWind Update Recent cross-onshore wind has turned cross-shore at Tauranga Bay (strong winds from the SSW at Carters Beach 8 km from Tauranga Bay). 3.1m swell from NW too big with an additional 1.0m 13 s period swell from WSW
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44 km away, 1 h 5 min ago

Strong
41 km/h
SSW
19.6
13.9
Air / Water (°C)
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Punakaiki Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 12 pm Saturday 19 Oct 2019 NZDT

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 13.9 °C (Statistics for 19 Oct 1981-2005 - mean: 13.1 max: 14.8 min: 11.3 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.5
NW
3.5
NW
3
WNW
2
WNW
1.6
WSW
2.5
WSW
3
WSW
3.5
WSW
4
WSW
4.5
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4
WSW
4.5
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4.5
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4
WSW
3.5
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4
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3.5
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2.5
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2.1
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1.4
WSW
0.9
WSW
Period(s) (?)101211101516161515151413131212810111110131212
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)14222889200584210673777410960736728831368846730724751783313203028873969261311131533585237
Wind
(km/h)
5
SE
15
SW
5
SW
5
NW
10
N
20
NW
20
WNW
20
SW
25
WSW
35
WSW
15
W
25
SSE
15
SSW
20
WSW
20
SW
35
W
35
WSW
35
WSW
25
SW
20
SW
5
SSW
10
NNE
20
N
Wind State(?)glassonglasscrosscross-
off
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High Tide
/ height (m)

2:55PM
2.47
3:22AM
2.40

3:47PM
2.37

4:21AM
2.30
4:51PM
2.31

5:33AM
2.26
6:05PM
2.32

6:50AM
2.31

7:19PM
2.43
8:00AM
2.45

8:25PM
2.61
9:00AM
2.64

9:22PM
2.82
9:53AM
2.83

Low Tide
/ height (m)


9:09PM
0.51
9:33AM
0.60

10:04PM
0.60
10:34AM
0.69

11:13PM
0.64
11:47AM
0.71

12:29AM
0.60

1:03PM
0.64
1:42AM
0.46

2:10PM
0.49
2:44AM
0.27

3:09PM
0.29
3:39AM
0.08


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.
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Summary
some cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsmod. rainheavy rainclearclearrain shwrsmod. rainsome cloudslight rainlight rainsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudscloudy
Rain (mm)
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High °C
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Low °C
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Chill °C (?)
13131112121010978888799867981212
Sunrise
6:37--6:37--6:35--6:33--6:31--6:31--6:28--6:28-
Sunset
-8:00--8:01--8:02--8:04--8:06--8:07--8:07--8:08
Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 49mm), heaviest during Tue night. Cool air temperatures (max 14°C on Sat morning, min 7°C on Tue night). Winds increasing (calm on Sat night, strong winds from the WSW by Mon night).Long Range Forecast:Heavy rain (total 20mm), heaviest during Thu morning. Cool air temperatures (max 14°C on Sat afternoon, min 7°C on Tue night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the W on Thu morning, calm by Fri night).

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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.