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Whakatane Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 1.9
Difficulty Level: 3.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.9

Overall: 3.2

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Whakatane Heads Surf Forecast / Bay of Plenty / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 am Monday 17 May 2021 NZST
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Whakatane Heads surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Whakatane Heads sea temperature is 17.8 °C (Statistics for 17 May 1981-2005 - mean: 17.4 max: 18.5 min: 15.6 °C)
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Whakatane Heads surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Whakatane Heads sea temperature is 17.8 °C (Statistics for 17 May 1981-2005 - mean: 17.4 max: 18.5 min: 15.6 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Whakatane Heads (calm at Whakatane 3 km from Whakatane Heads).

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Actual: 52 min ago

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Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Whakatane Heads this week:

The surf forecast for Whakatane Heads over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Monday (May 17) at 9AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.5m and 11s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 6s. Another secondary swell of 0.7m and 4s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Whakatane Heads in the next 12 days are 2.1m 8s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 18) at 9AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.2m 5s period and expected on Wednesday (May 19) at 12AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 9AM (Mon 17th May)1.5ft (0.5m) 11s
Best Surf12PM (Tue 18th May)7ft (2.1m) 8s
Most Powerful 9AM (Tue 18th May)7ft (2.1m) 8s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Whakatane Heads 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
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
101012000000000000022221110000000000
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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
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.282.cc23
0.5
ENE
0.4
ENE
1.6
NNW
2.1
NNW
2
NNW
1.1
NNW
0.4
NW
1
W
0.3
N
0.2
ENE
0.2
NNE
0.3
NE
0.4
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.4
NE
0.7
NE
0.9
NE
0.8
NE
0.8
NE
0.6
NE
0.6
NE
0.6
NE
0.4
NE
0.4
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.2
ENE
0.2
N
0.1
N
0.1
N
0.1
N
0.1
N
11117888757109999999910111010101010101010101091212121111
6637229545476163124391081322131312121323112177150124826361342414149104444
10
NNE
20
WNW
20
W
25
WNW
25
W
15
WSW
20
W
20
W
10
SSW
5
SSE
5
NNE
5
SSW
10
SW
15
NW
10
SSW
15
SSE
20
SSE
25
SSE
25
SE
20
SE
15
SSW
25
SSE
25
S
30
SSE
20
SSW
25
S
15
SW
15
SSW
5
NW
10
S
10
SSE
5
N
10
S
10
S
5
N
15
SSE
cross-
on
crosscrosscross-
on
crosscross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
offglassoffcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffoffoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
offoffonoffoffonoff
10:29AM
1.66
10:55PM
1.73
11:10AM
1.66
11:42PM
1.72
11:54AM
1.65
12:32AM
1.73
12:43PM
1.65
1:22AM
1.76
1:39PM
1.66
2:13AM
1.81
2:38PM
1.69
3:07AM
1.86
3:38PM
1.75
4:02AM
1.91
4:40PM
1.84
5:00AM
1.95
5:41PM
1.94
5:58AM
1.98
6:40PM
2.03
6:56AM
2.01
7:36PM
2.11
7:53AM
2.03
8:29PM
2.13
4:48PM
0.42
5:23AM
0.52
5:32PM
0.44
6:12AM
0.54
6:19PM
0.46
7:03AM
0.54
7:10PM
0.47
7:56AM
0.51
8:04PM
0.47
8:50AM
0.46
9:02PM
0.47
9:44AM
0.41
10:01PM
0.46
10:40AM
0.35
11:01PM
0.42
11:38AM
0.30
12:01AM
0.38
12:34PM
0.25
1:00AM
0.34
1:28PM
0.22
1:57AM
0.31
2:21PM
0.20
2:51AM
0.32

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

Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
rain showers
thunderstorm
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain shwrsrisk thund- dersome cloudslight rainsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudsclearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudscloudysome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclear
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17171615151316171515141515171214141214151313139101110121410121310131411
1615131514121516111114111015101212111312101210891077127812991311
171615131311151614151415151711121210121411111157871214812139131410
7:05--7:07--7:07--7:09--7:09--7:09--7:11--7:11--7:13--7:13--7:13--7:15--
-5:08--5:07--5:07--5:07--5:06--5:06--5:05--5:04--5:04--5:02--5:02--5:01-

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 6mm), mostly falling on Mon morning. Very mild (max 17°C on Mon morning, min 11°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 17°C on Fri afternoon, min 10°C on Fri morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 15°C on Sun afternoon, min 7°C on Tue night). Mainly fresh winds.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 14°C on Wed afternoon, min 7°C on Wed morning). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Whakatane Heads Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Whakatane Heads provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Whakatane Heads can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Whakatane Heads 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 (Whakatane Heads) 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 Whakatane Heads 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 Bay of Plenty? If you are looking for accommodation near Whakatane Heads, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Bay of Plenty, consider staying in Whakatane which is 2 km (1 miles) away. Other places in and around Bay of Plenty where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Rotorua which is 70 km (43 miles) away and Tauranga, 79 km (49 miles) away.