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Houghton Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Wellington, New Zealand)

Today's Houghton Bay sea temperature is 13.4 °C.

Statistics for 04 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 12.5 °C, range: 11.9 °C to 13.4 °C

The water temperature (13 °C) at Houghton Bay is fairly cool. Despite the sun, a windchill factor of (8 °C) means that surfers will need a good quality spring wetsuit, a neoprene hood. Some surfers would wear gloves and boots.

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 Houghton 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.

Houghton 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.

Houghton Bay sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their lowest on about the 27th of August, in the range 11 to 13°C (52 to 55°F). The highest seasonal sea water temperatures at Houghton Bay in the first part of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its lowest in the last days of August, low sea water temperatures at Houghton 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 Houghton 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 Houghton Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.