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Houhora Harbour Bar water temperature
Houhora Harbour Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Houhora Harbour Bar Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Northland, New Zealand)

Today's Houhora Harbour Bar sea temperature is 21.4 °C.

Statistics for 17 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 20.3 °C, range: 19.3 °C to 21.5 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 22 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (21 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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 Houhora Harbour Bar. 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.

Houhora Harbour Bar Water Temperature Graph

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

Houhora Harbour Bar sea temperatures peak in the range 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 20th of August, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). Houhora Harbour Bar sea temperatures are maximum in the first part of February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest seasonal sea temperatures at Houhora Harbour Bar in mid to late August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Houhora Harbour Bar 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 Houhora Harbour Bar. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.