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Karaka Street water temperature
Karaka Street ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Karaka Street Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Wanganui and the Manawatu, New Zealand)

Today's Karaka Street sea temperature is 12.5 °C.

Statistics for 22 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 13.6 °C, range: 12.6 °C to 14.6 °C

The Karaka Street water temperature is rather cold (12 °C). Although it will be cloudy today, air temperatures will be relatively mild, feeling like 11 °C, so feeling about the same in the water as out of it. A winter steamer or even a good quality spring wetsuit and neoprene boots should suffice. Wear a hood and gloves if you have not been surfing for a while.

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 Karaka Street. 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.

Karaka Street 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.

Karaka Street water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 27th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum Karaka Street water temperatures in the first part of February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest water temperatures at Karaka Street 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 Karaka Street 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 Karaka Street. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.