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Waipapa Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.0

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Waipapa Bay Surf Guide

Waipapa Bay in Kaikoura is an exposed beach break that is usually a safe bet. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the north. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Rarely crowded here. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Waipapa Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s44.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
13.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waipapa Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waipapa Bay occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Waipapa Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in August while 37% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 22% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
37%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
22%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Waipapa Bay Location Map

Interactive Waipapa 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 Waipapa Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 78 km (48 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waipapa Bay is Nelson Airport (NSN), also in New Zealand, 116 km (72 miles) away.

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Waipapa Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 20:36 Local Time
SunMonday 17
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.7
S
0.7
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
Period (s) 14 13 13 12
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 5
WNW 5
SW 5
SSW
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
on
on

Swell History at Waipapa Bay

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

Wind History at Waipapa Bay

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

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