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Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay water temperature
Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.8

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Banks Peninsula – Hickory Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay sea temperature is 18.0 °C.

Statistics for 21 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 14.6 °C, range: 13.0 °C to 15.9 °C

The water temperature (18 °C) at Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 18 °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 Banks Peninsula - Hickory 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.

Banks Peninsula - Hickory 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.

Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F) on around the 12th of February and are at their coldest on about the 11th of August, in the range 8 to 10°C (46 to 50°F). The warmest seasonal water temperatures at Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay in the second week of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The coldest water temperatures at Banks Peninsula - Hickory 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 in the second week of August.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Banks Peninsula - Hickory 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 Banks Peninsula - Hickory Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.