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Whangaparaoa Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(East Cape, New Zealand)

Today's Whangaparaoa sea temperature is 15.6 °C.

Statistics for 24 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 15.8 °C, range: 14.7 °C to 16.7 °C

The water temperature (15 °C) at Whangaparaoa is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (17 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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 Whangaparaoa. 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.

Whangaparaoa 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.

Whangaparaoa sea water 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 27th of August, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). Whangaparaoa sea water 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 sea water temperatures at Whangaparaoa in the last days 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 Whangaparaoa 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 Whangaparaoa. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.