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Kaikoura Surfing

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This zone is the lowest latitude destination in the Southern Hemisphere, so think cold. Cross-over boarders may be more interested in the winter snow capped peaks rather then the white capped ones in the sea. While much of South Island, like the West Coast or Dunedin, rely on quality beachbreaks, here is a zone littered with right pointbreaks, helping hardcore surfers avoid ice-cream headache paddle outs. South Island, aka Te Wai Pounamu meaning Jade Island, with 3,200km (2000mi) of coastline has a small population so expect few crowds at the worst. Archaeological remains indicate that Moa Hunters inhabited the Kaikoura Peninsula 900 years ago. To the Maori this is a place of great historical significance. The foothills of the Seaward Kaikoura Range extend down to the Pacific coast leaving a narrow corridor for rail and road access. Fishing settlements, seal and bird colonies cling to rocky shores, from which pods of dolphins and occasionally whales can be spotted.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       
13 - 21°C
3/2
10 - 18°C
4/3
5 - 13°C
4/3
4 - 11°C
4/3
8 - 16°C
4/3
10 - 19°C
4/3
+ Consistent swells
+ Quality right pointbreaks
+ Uncrowded and friendly
+ Great surf/snowboard combo
- Cold water, strong windchill
- Poor Christchurch beaches
- Frequent onshores
- Long flights
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Mangamaunu Grey Star 3ft 10secs 74° 15mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pointbreak Boulders 8
2
NE - S Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon New Brighton Beach Star 2ft 10secs 85° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Pier, Groyne or Jetty Peaks Sand 6
2
NE - SE South Westerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Sumner Bar (Christchurch) Grey Star 2ft 10secs 85° 10mph Sunny No Reports Available. Right Pier, Groyne or Jetty Sand 6
2
NE - SE South Westerly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Blue Duck Stream Star 2.5ft 10secs 79° 15mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
3
NE - S Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Clarence River Star 2.5ft 10secs 79° 8mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Boulders 8
3
NE - S North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Gore Bay Grey Star 2.5ft 10secs 77° 16mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
2
NE - S Westerly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Hickory Bay Grey Star 2.5ft 10secs 72° 20mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
2
NE - S North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Kahutara Star 2.5ft 10secs 79° 7mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Boulders 12
4
NE - S North Westerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Magnet Bay Grey Star 2ft 10secs 89° 18mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Boulders 12
3
SE - S North Easterly Low Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Motunau Beach Star 2.5ft 10secs 77° 9mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 6
3
NE - S North Westerly High Tide Only