New Zealand Outlook for the weekend.
With a big low pressure system pushing up the Tasman, it looks like the West Coast of New Zealand will be getting most of the swell this weekend with a mix in quality and increasing in size on Sunday. Expect small conditions for most of the East Coast. The weather is not looking great with rain expected for most of the weekend for many parts.
West Coast of the North Island. Saturday is looking like the best day for quality surf this weekend, with increasing fresh offshore winds (~ NE 20 kts) through the day and waves in the 3-4 ft range. On Sunday, winds are forecast to become stronger (~ 20-25 kts) from the SW with waves becoming very solid (5-7 ft) by the afternoon due to the low pressure system really pushing up the swell. So make the most of Saturday as conditions may become too big and choppy on Sunday. However, next week is showing signs of pumping clean surf with winds swinging S on Monday and then E from Tuesday onwards.
East coast spots around Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. The swell is currently easing with waves forecast to be around 1-2 ft mark for Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is not looking great with a fresh N (~ 15-20 kts) wind which is likely to create some cross-shore chop for E facing spots. Much of the swell is looking to be wind generated. Sunday should see some improvements with a cleaner wave as the wind goes fresh SW (~ 15-20 kts).
Gisborne and Mahia. Its looking like a small average weekend of surf with waves around 1 ft for E facing spots. Moderate N (~ 10-15 kts) winds are predicted for most of the weekend with SW winds later Sunday afternoon.
Wellington. Expect very small conditions this weekend, with micro conditions for city beaches and 1ft max for more exposed spots. Fresh N (~ 15-20 kts) winds are forecast for Saturday and then going Strong NW (~ 25 kts) for Sunday.
Christchurch. There be some surf around this weekend with conditions looking more favourable on Sunday. Saturday should see waves in the 2-3 ft range by the afternoon but conditions will be messy with strong N winds (~ 20-25 kts). With lots of localised wind swell in the mix Sunday will not be pumping, although winds are forecast to go moderate W (~ 15-20 kts) so conditions should clean up to produce a fun surfable wave for E facing spots.
Dunedin. On Saturday there will be swell from the NE, so E-NE facing will be catching 1-2 ft wave. Although winds will be fresh from the N-NE (~ 15-20 kts) so surf conditions are likely to be poor. By Sunday a new ground swell from the S is set to push in, so check S facing spots for surf in th 2-3 ft range. Strong W (~ 20-25 kts) winds are forecast for most of the day, so conditions should be semi-clean and surfable.
Look at SwellMap for details of your spot.