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Rapahoe ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Rapahoe Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 6 am Thursday 25 Feb 2021 NZDT
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Rapahoe surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Rapahoe sea temperature is 17.4 °C (Statistics for 25 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 17.5 max: 18.6 min: 16.1 °C)
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Rapahoe surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Rapahoe sea temperature is 17.4 °C (Statistics for 25 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 17.5 max: 18.6 min: 16.1 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for West Coast South Island

  1. weather stationWind Update Previously calm conditions have become cross-shore at Tauranga Bay (light winds from the SW at Cape Foulwind WXT 3 km from Tauranga Bay). 2.0m 14 s period swell from WSW

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41 km away, 1 h 14 min ago

Light
9 km/h
WNW
19.5
17.4
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Rapahoe this week:

The surf forecast for Rapahoe over the next 7 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (Feb 25) at 10PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.4m and 14s period with a secondary swell of 0.7m and 8s. The wind is predicted to be glassy as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Rapahoe in the next 7 days are 3.0m 14s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Mar 04) at 7AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-shore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.3m 7s period and expected on Tuesday (Mar 02) at 7AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZDT) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)10PM (Thu 25th Feb)4.5ft (1.4m) 14s
Best Surf 1AM (Thu 4th Mar)8ft (2.5m) 15s
Most Powerful 7AM (Thu 4th Mar)10ft (3.0m) 14s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Rapahoe over the next 7 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Thursday
25
Friday
26
Saturday
27
Sunday
28
Monday
01
Tuesday
02
Wednesday
03
Thu
04
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.12.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.30.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.54.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.78.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.102.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.126.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
1.5
NNW
1.6
WSW
1.2
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.8
WSW
0.6
WSW
0.6
WSW
0.6
WSW
0.8
WSW
1.1
NW
1.1
NW
0.9
WSW
1
WSW
1
WSW
0.8
WSW
0.8
WSW
0.7
WSW
0.6
WSW
1.2
W
1.4
W
2.5
W
3
W
3
W
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402966539280172104102123225216189544665609381306215152118215313532252775
5
SSW
0
WSW
5
NE
5
ENE
10
N
5
ESE
5
N
10
NW
5
E
5
NNE
10
NW
5
E
5
E
15
NNW
10
ENE
10
NE
20
N
15
NE
20
WSW
15
WNW
10
WSW
10
SW
15
W
glassglasscrosscross-
off
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
onglassglassonglassglassoncross-
off
crosscross-
on
crosscross-
on
oncross-
on
crosscross-
on
10:23AM
2.52
10:49PM
2.56
11:07AM
2.71
11:32PM
2.73
11:48AM
2.89
12:13AM
2.86
12:29PM
3.01
12:54AM
2.93
1:11PM
3.07
1:36AM
2.95
1:55PM
3.04
2:20AM
2.90
2:40PM
2.94
3:06AM
2.79
4:38PM
0.36
4:56AM
0.35
5:21PM
0.17
5:38AM
0.18
6:02PM
0.01
6:19AM
0.06
6:44PM
-0.09
7:00AM
-0.02
7:26PM
-0.11
7:43AM
-0.02
8:09PM
-0.06
8:28AM
0.04
8:55PM
0.06
9:16AM
0.16

Note: the tide data above is for Nine Mile which is 5 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Rapahoe.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Rapahoe blow from the SE

Thursday
25
Friday
26
Saturday
27
Sunday
28
Monday
01
Tuesday
02
Wednesday
03
Thu
04
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
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7:09--7:09--7:11--7:13--7:13--7:15--7:16--7:18-
-8:24--8:23--8:22--8:21--8:19--8:16--8:15--8:14

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Thu night. Warm air temperatures (max 20°C on Sun morning, min 16°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 34mm), heaviest during Tue night. Warm air temperatures (max 20°C on Mon morning, min 13°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Rapahoe Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Rapahoe provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at Rapahoe can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Rapahoe 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 (Rapahoe) 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 Rapahoe 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.

Rapahoe is 175 km (109 miles) from the city of Christchurch. If you plan a holiday in West Coast South Island, look for hotels and other accommodation in Christchurch. Christchurch has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.