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Tolaga Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.1

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Tolaga Bay break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Tolaga Bay Surf Guide

Tolaga Bay in East Cape is an exposed beach and point break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rips and rocks.

Tolaga Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tolaga Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tolaga Bay occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tolaga Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 20% of the time in May while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 57% 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 Tolaga Bay Location Map

Interactive Tolaga Bay 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 Tolaga Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 43 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tolaga Bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 132 km (82 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Tolaga Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 07:52 Local Time
ThuFriday 26
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
N 5
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Tolaga Bay

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

Wind History at Tolaga Bay

Wind stats for Tolaga Bay, 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 Tolaga Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    11km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    16km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Tolaga Bay: