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The Box Surf Guide

The Box in Northland is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf Ideal winds are from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. There is no reef break. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rocks/rips.

The Box Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
16.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Box:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing The Box 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 51% of the time in March while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
51%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Box Location Map

Interactive The Box 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 The Box is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, which is 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Box is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 78 km (48 miles) away.

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The Box Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 October 2022, 04:13 Local Time
Thursday 06
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
4.5
SW
4.5
SW
5
SW
5
SW
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
35
35
40
35
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at The Box

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

Wind History at The Box

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near The Box. Click below to view there surf guides.


Wave Buoys Nearest To The Box: