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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 reasonably exposed point break that only works when conditions are just right with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the south southwest with some shelter here from southwest winds. Easily blown out by an onshore breeze Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the north northwest. The point breaks peel to the left. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here.

Rabbit Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
13.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

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:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Rabbit Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in June while 6% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 93% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rabbit Island Location Map

Interactive Rabbit Island 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 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.

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Rabbit Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 20 September 2021, 06:14 Local Time
Monday 20
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 -
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

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Swell History at Rabbit Island

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Wind History at Rabbit Island

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