Story: Ocean currents and tides

Rough seas

Rough seas

This launch is making heavy work of swells in the Bay of Islands, an area with a normally low wave height. While the most consistent large waves are around the south-west coast of the South Island, storms can bring large swells to any New Zealand coastline.

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Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, 'Ocean currents and tides - Waves', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, published 12 Jun 2006