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Tapuaetahi water temperature
Tapuaetahi ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.2

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Tapuaetahi Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Northland, New Zealand)

Today's Tapuaetahi sea temperature is 20.9 °C.

Statistics for 22 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 20.2 °C, range: 18.8 °C to 21.6 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (20 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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 Tapuaetahi. 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.

Tapuaetahi 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.

Tapuaetahi sea water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their lowest on about the 20th of August, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). Tapuaetahi sea water temperatures are highest 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 lowest seasonal sea water temperatures at Tapuaetahi in mid to late 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 Tapuaetahi 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 Tapuaetahi. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.