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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 Surf Forecast / Taranaki / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 pm Wednesday 12 May 2021 NZST
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Waitara Bar surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Waitara Bar sea temperature is 17.9 °C (Statistics for 12 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.5 max: 17.7 min: 15.0 °C)
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Waitara Bar surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Waitara Bar sea temperature is 17.9 °C (Statistics for 12 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.5 max: 17.7 min: 15.0 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still offshore at Waitara Bar (strong winds from the SE at New Plymouth 6 km from Waitara Bar).

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Actual: 58 min ago

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39 km/h
SE
Offshore
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Waitara Bar this week:

The surf forecast for Waitara Bar over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (May 13) at 3AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.4m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.3m and 6s. The wind is predicted to be offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Waitara Bar in the next 12 days are 6.5m 12s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 18) at 3PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-shore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 2.4m 7s period and expected on Saturday (May 15) at 3AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 3AM (Thu 13th May)4.5ft (1.4m) 12s
Best Surf 9AM (Tue 18th May)15ft (4.5m) 9s
Most Powerful 3PM (Tue 18th May)21ft (6.5m) 12s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Waitara Bar 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
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Mon
24
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.186.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.210.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.234.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.258.cc23
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1.3
WSW
1.3
WSW
1
WSW
1
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.8
WSW
1.7
N
2.2
NW
1.8
NW
1
WSW
1.1
WSW
1.2
WSW
3
WSW
3
WSW
2.5
W
2.5
W
4.5
WNW
6.5
W
5
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.1
WSW
1.8
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.6
WSW
1.6
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.4
WSW
2.1
WSW
2.1
WSW
2.1
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.8
WSW
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57838628534625118021063944840040247646001824121210623380127747918376031592635163312088949878888371018972111122142107202814001551
35
SE
25
SE
15
SSE
15
SE
10
E
10
NNE
20
ENE
15
WNW
20
W
5
WNW
20
N
30
N
35
W
25
WSW
25
W
30
NW
30
SW
40
WSW
25
WSW
25
WSW
30
WSW
25
WSW
25
W
20
WSW
10
SE
10
SE
5
N
5
SW
10
S
15
SSE
35
SE
30
SSE
20
SSE
10
S
10
SE
10
W
offoffoffoffcross-
off
cross-
on
crosscross-
on
crossglasscross-
on
oncross-
on
crosscross-
on
oncross-
off
crosscrosscrosscrosscrosscrosscrossoffcross-
off
cross-
on
glassoffoffoffoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
10:25PM
3.42
10:36AM
3.31
10:56PM
3.41
11:09AM
3.27
11:29PM
3.37
11:43AM
3.20
12:05AM
3.28
12:22PM
3.09
12:45AM
3.16
1:07PM
2.96
1:33AM
3.03
2:02PM
2.84
2:31AM
2.93
3:06PM
2.78
3:37AM
2.89
4:09PM
2.78
4:41AM
2.94
5:12PM
2.86
5:40AM
3.07
6:14PM
3.01
6:37AM
3.23
7:13PM
3.21
7:32AM
3.40
4:34AM
0.62
4:49PM
0.57
5:08AM
0.69
5:22PM
0.66
5:43AM
0.80
5:58PM
0.77
6:23AM
0.92
6:36PM
0.90
7:07AM
1.03
7:20PM
1.03
7:59AM
1.12
8:12PM
1.13
8:57AM
1.16
9:15PM
1.17
9:59AM
1.11
10:21PM
1.13
11:02AM
0.98
11:26PM
1.00
12:04PM
0.79
12:29AM
0.81
1:02PM
0.56
1:27AM
0.59
1:55PM
0.35

Note: the tide data above is for Waitara River Entrance, New Zealand which is 1 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Waitara Bar.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Waitara Bar blow from the SSE

Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Mon
24
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
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-7:16--7:16--7:18--7:18--7:20--7:20--7:20--7:22--7:22--7:24--7:24--7:26-
--5:21--5:21--5:20--5:19--5:17--5:16--5:15--5:15--5:15--5:14--5:14--5:13

Short Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 18mm), heaviest on Fri night. Very mild (max 17°C on Sat morning, min 6°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SSE on Wed night, light winds from the NW by Fri night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 37mm), heaviest during Mon night. Very mild (max 17°C on Sun morning, min 12°C on Tue morning). Winds increasing (calm on Sat night, strong winds from the NW by Mon night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Thu morning. Very mild (max 16°C on Wed morning, min 9°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WSW on Tue night, calm by Fri afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 14°C on Fri night, min 6°C on Sun night). Winds increasing (calm on Fri night, strong winds from the SE by Sat night).

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Information about the Waitara Bar Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Waitara Bar provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Waitara Bar can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Waitara Bar 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 (Waitara Bar) 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 Waitara Bar 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.

Are you planning a holiday in Taranaki? If you are looking for accommodation near Waitara Bar, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Taranaki, consider staying in New Plymouth which is 14 km (9 miles) away.