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Campbells Bay water temperature
Campbells Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.3

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Campbells Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Otago, New Zealand)

Today's Campbells Bay sea temperature is 9.7 °C.

Statistics for 23 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 8.5 °C, range: 7.1 °C to 9.9 °C

The water temperature (9 °C) at Campbells Bay 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 Campbells Bay. 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.

Campbells Bay 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.

Campbells Bay sea water temperatures peak in the range 12 to 16°C (54 to 61°F) on around the 10th of February and are at their lowest on about the 5th of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The warmest sea water temperatures at Campbells Bay 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 lowest sea water temperatures at Campbells Bay 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 at the beginning of August.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Campbells Bay 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 Campbells Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.