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Tapuaetahi ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.2

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Tapuaetahi break guidePhoto by: madphill

Tapuaetahi Surf Guide

Tapuaetahi in Northland is a fairly exposed reef break that only works once in a while Offshore winds are from the south. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast. There are left and right breaking reefs. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Tapuaetahi Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
20.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tapuaetahi:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tapuaetahi occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Tapuaetahi 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 15% of the time in March while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 53% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
15%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
32%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
53%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tapuaetahi Location Map

Interactive Tapuaetahi 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 Tapuaetahi is Kerikeri Airport (KKE) in New Zealand, which is 18 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tapuaetahi is Kaitaia Airport (KAT), also in New Zealand, 66 km (41 miles) away.

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Tapuaetahi Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 18:49 Local Time
Thursday 25
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 1.4
ENE
1.4
ENE
1.4
ENE
1.4
ENE
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 15
E 15
E 15
E 15
E
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Swell History at Tapuaetahi

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

Wind History at Tapuaetahi

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

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