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Waihau Bay Surf Forecast / East Cape / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 pm Sunday 18 Apr 2021 NZST
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Waihau Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Waihau Bay sea temperature is 19.6 °C (Statistics for 18 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 18.7 max: 19.9 min: 17.3 °C)
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Waihau Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Waihau Bay sea temperature is 19.6 °C (Statistics for 18 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 18.7 max: 19.9 min: 17.3 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Waihau Bay (light winds from the W at Hicks Bay 33 km from Waihau Bay).

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33 km away, 1 h 36 min ago

Light
7 km/h
W
14.9
19.6
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Waihau Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Waihau Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Wednesday (Apr 21) at 6AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.4m and 8s period with a secondary swell of 1.1m and 9s. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Waihau Bay in the next 12 days are 3.0m 8s and forecast to arrive on Wednesday (Apr 21) at 3AM. Winds are predicted to be onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 2.0m 7s period and expected on Monday (Apr 26) at 12AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 6AM (Wed 21st Apr)8ft (2.4m) 8s
Best Surf 9PM (Wed 21st Apr)8ft (2.5m) 8s
Most Powerful 3AM (Wed 21st Apr)10ft (3.0m) 8s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Waihau Bay over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thursday
22
Friday
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25
Monday
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
Thursday
29
Fri
30
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.192.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.216.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.240.cc23
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0.9
W
0.9
W
0.4
NE
0.4
NE
0.4
NE
0.9
N
3
NNE
1.5
N
1.8
NW
2.4
NNW
1.6
NW
1.1
NW
0.9
NE
0.7
ENE
0.7
NE
0.8
NE
0.6
NE
0.7
NE
1.2
WNW
0.7
NE
1.4
NW
0.7
ENE
1.5
WNW
1.2
NW
1
NW
0.9
WNW
1
WNW
0.8
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.3
ENE
0.3
ENE
0.3
ENE
0.3
NE
0.3
E
0.3
E
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3632292825301006375500766437180956277734866817294652301561255274462220171921152725
15
WSW
20
WSW
15
W
15
WNW
5
NNW
15
NNE
30
N
10
NW
15
NW
10
S
0
SE
5
NW
10
ESE
0
NNE
10
NNE
10
W
5
W
5
WNW
15
WSW
20
WSW
30
W
25
SW
25
WSW
35
W
30
W
35
WSW
35
W
30
WSW
35
W
35
W
35
WSW
25
WSW
20
W
25
WSW
30
WSW
25
W
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
oncross-
on
cross-
on
offglasscross-
on
cross-
off
glassoncrosscrossglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross
11:17PM
1.56
11:31AM
1.47
12:02AM
1.53
12:16PM
1.43
12:49AM
1.51
1:07PM
1.42
1:41AM
1.52
2:03PM
1.43
2:36AM
1.56
3:02PM
1.48
3:32AM
1.62
4:02PM
1.55
4:27AM
1.70
4:59PM
1.66
5:22AM
1.78
5:55PM
1.76
6:15AM
1.86
6:49PM
1.87
7:08AM
1.91
7:42PM
1.94
8:01AM
1.92
8:34PM
1.98
8:54AM
1.91
5:28AM
0.42
5:42PM
0.37
6:14AM
0.46
6:28PM
0.39
7:04AM
0.47
7:18PM
0.40
7:58AM
0.45
8:14PM
0.39
8:55AM
0.39
9:12PM
0.35
9:52AM
0.31
10:10PM
0.28
10:47AM
0.20
11:07PM
0.21
11:41AM
0.09
12:03AM
0.13
12:33PM
-0.01
12:58AM
0.06
1:25PM
-0.08
1:52AM
0.02
2:16PM
-0.11
2:46AM
0.01
3:08PM
-0.10

Note: the tide data above is for Whangaparaoa which is 7 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Waihau Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Waihau Bay blow from the S

Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thursday
22
Friday
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25
Monday
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
Thursday
29
Fri
30
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
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-6:37--6:37--6:39--6:39--6:41--6:41--6:41--6:43--6:43--6:45--6:46--6:47-
--5:37--5:35--5:34--5:32--5:30--5:30--5:29--5:28--5:25--5:24--5:23--5:22

Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 35mm), heaviest during Tue night. Very mild (max 19°C on Tue night, min 12°C on Sun night). Winds increasing (light winds from the NNW on Tue morning, fresh winds from the N by Tue night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Moderate rain (total 12mm), heaviest on Thu afternoon. Very mild (max 19°C on Thu morning, min 15°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 7mm), mostly falling on Mon night. Very mild (max 17°C on Sun morning, min 11°C on Sun night). Winds increasing (light winds from the WSW on Sat night, fresh winds from the W by Tue afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 3mm), mostly falling on Wed morning. Very mild (max 18°C on Thu afternoon, min 13°C on Tue night). Mainly fresh winds.

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Information about the Waihau Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Waihau Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Waihau Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Waihau Bay surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Waihau Bay) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Waihau Bay may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Waihau Bay is 92 km (57 miles) from Whakatane. If you plan a holiday in East Cape, look for hotels and other accommodation in Whakatane. Whakatane has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.