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Matakana Island water temperature
Matakana Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.3
Crowds: 2.6

Overall: 2.8

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Matakana Island Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)

Today's Matakana Island sea temperature is 18.2 °C.

Statistics for 14 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 18.0 °C, range: 16.4 °C to 19.6 °C

Cloudy and warm but the water temperature at Matakana Island will be noticeably colder than the air today. Most surfers will need a spring wetsuit. Feeling warmer out of the water than in the sea today.

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 Matakana Island. 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.

Matakana Island 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.

Matakana Island sea temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their minimum on about the 29th of August, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). Matakana Island sea temperatures are highest in early to mid February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The minimum sea temperatures at Matakana Island in late 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 Matakana Island 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 Matakana Island. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.