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Waipapa Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Kaikoura and Marlborough, New Zealand)

Today's Waipapa Bay sea temperature is 17.6 °C.

Statistics for 20 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 16.1 °C, range: 14.9 °C to 17.5 °C

The Waipapa Bay water temperature is reasonably warm (17 °C) and the air temperature will similar (windchill forecast 16 °C). A good quality summer wetsuit would be ideal.

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 Waipapa 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.

Waipapa 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.

Waipapa Bay water temperatures peak in the range 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F) on around the 12th of February and are at their minimum on about the 21st of August, in the range 10 to 11°C (50 to 52°F). The highest seasonal water temperatures at Waipapa Bay in the second week 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 water temperatures at Waipapa 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 Waipapa 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 Waipapa Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.