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Sumner Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.1
Consistency of Surf: 1.9
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.2
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.5

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Sumner Bar break guidePhoto by: robd

Sumner Bar Surf Guide

Sumner Bar in Kaikoura is a fairly exposed beach/River Bar break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Sumner Bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:

Surfing Sumner Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sumner Bar occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Sumner Bar sea temperature, Sumner Bar photographs, Sumner Bar detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Sumner Bar webcams, current wind from Canterbury live weather stations and Sumner Bar 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 Sumner Bar

Sumner Bar Surf:

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 15:52 Local time
Tuesday 07Wed
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 9 9 12 10
Wind (km/h) 20
SSW 10
WNW 10
Wind State off cross-
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Tide Times:

For Lyttelton, New Zealand, 6 km from Sumner Bar.

IS AT (local time)

Sumner Bar Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At ICANTERB76, 5 km from Sumner Bar.


Air temperature
11.9 °C

Current weather near Sumner Bar

Overall Sumner Bar Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July


Surf stats for Sumner Bar: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Sumner Bar: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Sumner 20 July 2008, Sumner Bar photo

Sumner Bar

Photo credit: robd

Autumn morning at Sumner Beach, Sumner Bar photo

Sumner Bar

Photo credit: Rob Davies

Sumner Beach, Sumner Bar photo

Sumner Bar

Photo credit: Baptiste Marconnet

Sumner Bar Location Maps

Sumner Bar Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Sumner Bar:

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Wave buoys nearest to Sumner Bar:

Tide stations nearest to Sumner Bar:

  • Closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    14 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    19 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    92 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Sumner Bar is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, which is 19 km (12 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Sumner Bar is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 148 km (92 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 171 km (106 miles) away.
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