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Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay break guidePhoto by: bigben

Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay Surf Guide

Sandfly Bay on the Otago Peninsula is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the north. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around low tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for sharks/rips.

Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 37% of the time in March while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 29% 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 Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay Location Map

Interactive Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay 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 Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 109 km (68 miles) away.

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Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 04:32 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 13 13 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off cross-

Swell History at Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay

Surf stats for Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay

Wind stats for Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay Reviews:

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Steve from New Zealand
“Sandfly bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in Otago, Sharks and rips are not the only thing to watch out for, the beach is a protected breeding site for Yellow Eyed Penguins, Southern Fur Seals and Hooker Sea Lions, both of the latter have been known to approach surfers. Access is via a very steep sand hill, so after a hard days surfing, climbing back up to the car park can be very challenging. It is this access that limits the numbers and in all the years I have been photographing wildlife at Sandfly Bay, I have only on the rare occasion seen surfers there. The beach got it's name, not because of sandflies, but the strong southerly winds, that literally make the sand fly up and cover the surrounding hills. This beach is an extremely popular tourist attraction.”

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