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Ruakaka break guidePhoto by: Brett Harlin

Ruakaka Surf Guide

Ruakaka in Northland is a fairly exposed beach break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the west northwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the east southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Rarely crowded here.

Ruakaka Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ruakaka:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ruakaka occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Ruakaka 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 8% of the time in April while 24% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 68% 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 Ruakaka Location Map

Interactive Ruakaka 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.

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Ruakaka Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 22:26 Local Time
SunMonday 15
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Ruakaka

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

Wind History at Ruakaka

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

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