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Tuhawaiki Point water temperature
Tuhawaiki Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.9

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Tuhawaiki Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's Tuhawaiki Point sea temperature is 13.7 °C.

Statistics for 17 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 12.4 °C, range: 10.7 °C to 14.6 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 23 °C) at Tuhawaiki Point, yet the sea remains several degrees colder than the air. Most surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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 Tuhawaiki 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.

Tuhawaiki Point 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.

Tuhawaiki Point water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 9th of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The maximum water temperatures at Tuhawaiki Point in the first part of February 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. The coldest water temperatures at Tuhawaiki Point mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in early to mid August.

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