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Te Araroa Surf Guide

Te Araroa in East Cape is an exposed beach and point break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the south southwest with some shelter here from southeast winds. Handles onshore winds better than most spots Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break favours left handers Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Te Araroa Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
21.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Te Araroa:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Te Araroa 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 18% of the time in March while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 41% 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 Araroa Location Map

Interactive Te Araroa 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 Araroa is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 120 km (75 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Te Araroa is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 133 km (83 miles) away.

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Te Araroa Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 7 March 2021, 01:24 Local Time
SatSunday 07
Wave (m) 2.4
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 20
WNW 15
WNW 15
WNW 15
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Swell History at Te Araroa

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

Wind History at Te Araroa

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

Te Araroa Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Keith cook from New Zealand
“Chur this is my home break. There's only a couple of locals. Sweet leave your car on the beach. The river mouth has a primo right hander that barrels hard. With shallow gravel underneath. Or cruise outside of the shops to the peach pit. Both left and right handers. Towards the end of the beach is the motor camp. There is a meek a frame that rolls of the rocks it jacks up in the same spot every wave all sand. Primo lefts here. Needs swells pushed from the east, and a south to blow off shore. There's always a mean wave after some rain.”

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