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Te Arai Point break guidePhoto by: ronan gilsenan

Te Arai Point Surf Guide

Te Arai Point in Northland is an exposed beach break that has reliable surf Offshore winds are from the west southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Sharks may be a hazard at this break.

Te Arai Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Te Arai Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Te Arai Point occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Te Arai Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 40% of the time in January while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 13% 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 Te Arai Point Location Map

Interactive Te Arai Point 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 Te Arai Point is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Te Arai Point is Auckland International Airport (AKL), also in New Zealand, 95 km (59 miles) away.

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Te Arai Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 12 August 2022, 18:28 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Te Arai Point

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

Wind History at Te Arai Point

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

Te Arai Point Reviews:

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Based on 18 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Levi from New Zealand
“Te Arai is a pretty sweet spot when it's clean. Good for everyone. Watch out for hammerheads, great whites, and bronzies though. otherwise a brilliant point break that on a good is one of the better rights in New Zealand.”

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