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Robin Hood Bay water temperature
Robin Hood Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 2.7

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Robin Hood Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Kaikoura and Marlborough, New Zealand)

Today's Robin Hood Bay sea temperature is 17.5 °C.

Statistics for 18 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 17.2 °C, range: 15.7 °C to 18.6 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 25 °C once we account for air movement. In contrast the sea remains relatively cold (17 °C). Surfers should wear a spring or summer wetsuit though no doubt some would wear less neoprene on such a warm day, no matter what temperature the sea is.

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 Robin Hood 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.

Robin Hood 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.

Robin Hood Bay sea temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their minimum on about the 20th of August, in the range 11 to 12°C (52 to 54°F). The highest seasonal sea temperatures at Robin Hood Bay in the first part of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its minimum in mid to late August, low sea temperatures at Robin Hood Bay 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 Robin Hood 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 Robin Hood Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.