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Kaiaua Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(East Cape, New Zealand)

Today's Kaiaua Bay sea temperature is 19.7 °C.

Statistics for 22 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 20.0 °C, range: 18.4 °C to 21.4 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 24 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Kaiaua Bay. 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 Kaiaua 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.

Kaiaua 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.

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