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Punihos Surf Guide

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.

Punihos Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reefReef and pointIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Punihos:

The best conditions reported for surf at Punihos occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Punihos with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 37% of the time in April while 57% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
37%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
57%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
6%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Punihos Location Map

Interactive Punihos 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 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.

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Punihos Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 7 July 2022, 05:20 Local Time
Thursday 07
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
2
WSW
2.1
WSW
2.1
WSW
2
WSW
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h)
10
15
15
20
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross-
off

Swell History at Punihos

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

Wind History at Punihos

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Punihos. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: consistent
    5km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Punihos: