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Waitara Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
Difficulty Level: 4.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.8
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 4.2

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Waitara Bar Spot ID

Back door bazza!, Waitara Bar photo

Waitara Bar

Photo credit: Jamie andrews

Type: beach/River Bar

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind SSE

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.9 °C

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Monday, 17 February 2020, 14:11 Local time
Monday 17
Wave (m) 1.9
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 20
NNE 15
Wind State cross-
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Waitara Bar in Taranaki is a fairly exposed beach/River Bar break that has unreliable waves. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the south southeast. Poor surf in light onshore winds Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

New Zealand wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Waitara River Entrance, New Zealand, 1 km from Waitara Bar.

IS AT (local time)

Waitara Bar Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At New Plymouth, 6 km from Waitara Bar.

moderate winds from the N

Air temperature
22.0 °C

Current weather near Waitara Bar

Overall Waitara Bar Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in February


Surf stats for Waitara Bar: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Waitara Bar: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Waitara Bar Location Maps

Waitara Bar Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Waitara Bar:

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Wave buoys nearest to Waitara Bar:

Tide stations nearest to Waitara Bar:

  • Closest tide station
    Waitara River Entrance
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    New Plymouth
    9 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Port Taranaki
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Opunake Bay
    39 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    42 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Waitara Bar is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Waitara Bar is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 128 km (80 miles) away.
  • Third is Hamilton Airport (HLZ) in New Zealand, 158 km (98 miles) away.
  • Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand is 164 km (102 miles) away.
  • Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Waitara Bar and is 190 km (118 miles) away.
Waitara Bar break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Waitara Bar, Taranaki. Use the tab navigation above to view Waitara Bar sea temperature, Waitara Bar photographs, Waitara Bar detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Waitara Bar webcams, current wind from Taranaki live weather stations and Waitara Bar tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Waitara Bar.