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White Rock water temperature
White Rock ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.6
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 2.9

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White Rock Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Wairarapa, New Zealand)

Today's White Rock sea temperature is 13.4 °C.

Statistics for 21 Jun (1981–2005) – mean: 12.7 °C, range: 11.6 °C to 14.1 °C

The water temperature (13 °C) at White Rock is quite cool. You will need a quality spring wetsuit, and maybe neoprene hood because it will be cloudy with an effective air temperature of just (9 °C). Gloves are a good idea, neoprene boots optional.

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 White Rock. 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.

White Rock 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.

White rock sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 8th of February and are at their coldest on about the 27th of August, in the range 11 to 13°C (52 to 55°F). The warmest seasonal sea water temperatures at White rock in early to mid February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its coldest in the last days of August, low sea water temperatures at White rock 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 White Rock 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 White Rock. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.