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Waiapu River Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(East Cape, New Zealand)

Today's Waiapu River sea temperature is 14.3 °C.

Statistics for 20 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 15.5 °C, range: 14.0 °C to 16.6 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 22 °C) at Waiapu River, 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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Waiapu River. 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.

Waiapu River 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.

Waiapu River sea temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 23rd of August, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). Waiapu River sea 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 coldest sea temperatures at Waiapu River in the fourth week of 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 Waiapu River 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 Waiapu River. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.