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Spirits Bay water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.3

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Spirits Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Northland, New Zealand)

Today's Spirits Bay sea temperature is 15.2 °C.

Statistics for 21 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 15.4 °C, range: 14.0 °C to 16.7 °C

The Spirits Bay water temperature is rather cool (15 °C) and the air temperature will feel about the same. A good quality spring wetsuit with optional neoprene boots should suffice. No need for wetsuit gloves.

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 Spirits 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.

Spirits 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.

Spirits Bay sea temperatures peak in the range 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 26th of August, in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F). Spirits Bay sea temperatures are warmest in the first part of February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest seasonal sea temperatures at Spirits Bay in the fourth week of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

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