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Rabbit Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.0

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Rabbit Island break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Rabbit Island Surf Guide

Rabbit Island in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a fairly exposed point break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the south southwest with some shelter here from southwest winds. Light onshore winds ruin the qulaity Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north northwest. The point breaks are all lefts. Best around high tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days.

Rabbit Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:

Surfing Rabbit Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rabbit Island occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Rabbit Island sea temperature, Rabbit Island photographs, Rabbit Island detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Rabbit Island webcams, current wind from Nelson - Tasman Bay live weather stations and Rabbit Island 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 Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island Surf:

Monday, 6 July 2020, 09:24 Local time
Monday 06
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
W 5
WNW 10
WSW 10
Wind State glass cross cross-

Tide Times:

For Mapua, New Zealand, 4 km from Rabbit Island.

IS AT (local time)

Rabbit Island Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Nelson Aerodrome, 8 km from Rabbit Island.

light winds from the NE

no report
Air temperature
11.4 °C

Current weather near Rabbit Island

Overall Rabbit Island Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July


Surf stats for Rabbit Island: see the swell variation by month.

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

Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Kevin Toughey

Good conditions for a great wave, Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Kevin Toughey

High Tide, Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Incoming tide, Rabbit Island photo

Rabbit Island

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Rabbit Island Location Maps

Rabbit Island Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Nelson - Tasman Bay surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Rabbit Island

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Rabbit Island:

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Wave buoys nearest to Rabbit Island:

Tide stations nearest to Rabbit Island:

  • Closest tide station
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    6 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    6 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Astrolabe Road
    21 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Rabbit Island is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rabbit Island is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 67 km (42 miles) away.
  • Third is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 139 km (86 miles) away.
  • Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand is 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Rabbit Island and is 160 km (99 miles) away.
Rabbit Island break location map and break info