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Wainakarua River Mouth ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Wainakarua River Mouth Surf Guide

Wainakarua River Mouth in N Otago is an exposed beach reef and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Sharks have been reported here.

Wainakarua River Mouth Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeach reef and pointIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Wainakarua River Mouth:

The best conditions reported for surf at Wainakarua River Mouth occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Wainakarua River Mouth (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Wainakarua River Mouth with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 47% of the time in June while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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 Wainakarua River Mouth Location Map

Interactive Wainakarua River Mouth 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 Wainakarua River Mouth is Oamaru Airport (OAM) in New Zealand, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Wainakarua River Mouth is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 89 km (55 miles) away.

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Wainakarua River Mouth Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 16 January 2021, 09:59 Local Time
Saturday 16
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 6 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 20
NE 15
NE 20
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Wainakarua River Mouth

Surf stats for Wainakarua River Mouth, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Wainakarua River Mouth

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

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    • Icon beach  redBeach reef and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: very consistent
    10km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away

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