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Motiti Island - Ernies water temperature
Motiti Island - Ernies ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Motiti Island – Ernies Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)

Today's Motiti Island - Ernies sea temperature is 19.2 °C.

Statistics for 18 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 18.2 °C, range: 16.4 °C to 19.9 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Motiti Island - Ernies. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Motiti Island - Ernies. 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.

Motiti Island - Ernies 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.

Motiti Island - Ernies water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their minimum on about the 27th of August, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). Motiti Island - Ernies water temperatures are highest in early to mid February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The minimum water temperatures at Motiti Island - Ernies in the last days of August 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.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Motiti Island - Ernies 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 Motiti Island - Ernies. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.