Kahutara Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Kaikoura and Marlborough, New Zealand)
- Weather State
- Spot Info
Today's Kahutara sea temperature is 13.0 °C.
Statistics for 26 May (1981–2005)
– mean: 11.9 °C,
range: 10.4 °C
to 13.1 °C
The water temperature (13 °C) at Kahutara is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (12 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.
Map of current New Zealand
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
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 Kahutara. 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.
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.
Kahutara sea temperatures peak in the range 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their lowest on about the 3rd of August, in the range 10 to 11°C (50 to 52°F). The warmest seasonal sea temperatures at Kahutara in the first part of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its lowest at the start of August, low sea temperatures at Kahutara are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Kahutara 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 Kahutara. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.
Do you have old images of surf? Simply upload them to the photo gallery and we will search our vast archive of forecasts and display the open water swell sizes, directions and periods, as well as wind and tide at the time of the image. It's a really useful way of knowing what to look for in the forecast tables.