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Aramoana Spit water temperature
Aramoana Spit ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.2
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.9

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Aramoana Spit Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Otago, New Zealand)

Today's Aramoana Spit sea temperature is 9.7 °C.

Statistics for 01 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 9.1 °C, range: 7.7 °C to 10.3 °C

The water temperature (9 °C) at Aramoana Spit is very cold. Despite the sun, surfers will need to wear a good steamer wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. Relatively mild air temperatures and a windchill factor of (12 °C).

New Zealand Sea Water Temperature

Map of current New Zealand
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
New Zealand Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current New Zealand
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Aramoana Spit. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Aramoana Spit Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Aramoana Spit sea water temperatures peak in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their coldest on about the 2nd of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The highest sea water temperatures at Aramoana Spit in early to mid February are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The coldest sea water temperatures at Aramoana Spit mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in early August.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Aramoana Spit can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Aramoana Spit. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.