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Punihos ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.0

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Punihos Spot ID

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Type: reef and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.5 °C

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Friday, 21 February 2020, 10:44 Local time
Thursday 20
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 14 14 18 18
Wind (km/h) 10
WSW 15
WSW 20
WSW 15
Wind State cross cross cross cross

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Punihos in Taranaki is an exposed reef and point break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the southeast with some shelter here from southwest winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest.There is a left hand point break here. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ahu Ahu Road, 1 km from Punihos.

IS AT (local time)

Punihos Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Punihowx, 9 km from Punihos.

light winds from the NE

Air temperature
22.7 °C

Current weather near Punihos

Overall Punihos Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February

Surf stats for Punihos: see the swell variation by month.


Wind stats for Punihos: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Punihos Location Maps

Punihos Location Map

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Tide stations nearest to Punihos:

  • Closest tide station
    Port Taranaki
    9 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    New Plymouth
    12 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Waitara River Entrance
    21 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Opunake Bay
    23 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    38 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Punihos is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Punihos is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 134 km (83 miles) away.
  • Third is Hamilton Airport (HLZ) in New Zealand, 189 km (117 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 195 km (121 miles) away.
  • Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Punihos and is 198 km (123 miles) away.
Punihos break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Punihos, Taranaki. Use the tab navigation above to view Punihos sea temperature, Punihos photographs, Punihos detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Punihos webcams, current wind from Taranaki live weather stations and Punihos tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Punihos.