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Lake Pukaki Point water temperature
Lake Pukaki Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 2.8

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Lake Pukaki Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Otago, New Zealand)

Today's Lake Pukaki Point sea temperature is 12.4 °C.

Statistics for 23 May (1981–2005) – mean: 12.4 °C, range: 10.6 °C to 13.9 °C

The water temperature (12 °C) at Lake Pukaki Point is quite cold. Despite the sun, windchill of 7 °C means that surfers will need plenty of neoprene. Wear a quality winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. A windchill factor of (7 °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 Lake Pukaki Point. 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.

Lake Pukaki Point 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.

Lake Pukaki Point water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 18┬░C (57 to 64┬░F) on around the 10th of February and are at their minimum on about the 7th of August, in the range 10 to 12┬░C (50 to 54┬░F). The maximum seasonal water temperatures at Lake Pukaki Point in early to mid February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its minimum in the first part of August, low water temperatures at Lake Pukaki Point 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 Lake Pukaki Point 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 Lake Pukaki Point. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.