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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Golden Bay, New Zealand

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Golden Bay...

Golden Bay is a beach in New Zealand. The water temperature around Golden Bay varies slightly during the year. The temperature ranges from 11.5°C (52.6°F) in July up to 19.7°C (67.5°F) in the month of February, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 16°C (60°F) and the best time for water activities is late winter, since Golden Bay is located in the southern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature at Golden Bay?

The current water temperature in the month of April at Golden Bay is ca:
16°C (61°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Not many surf spots are close to Golden Bay. A spot that might be worth checking out is Wairaiki, which is more than 13.2km (8.2miles) away from Golden Bay. Click here for directions and for more information on Wairaiki and its water temperature. If you don't mind the long travel, you can also check out Stent Road, which is approximately 111.1km (69miles) away from Golden Bay. Another fun surfspot is Stent Road, located 111.1km (69miles) from Golden Bay.

Are there any other sandy beaches in proximity to Golden Bay?

There are not many beaches near to Golden Bay. A beach that might be worth checking out is Boulder Beach, which is just 58km (36miles) away from Golden Bay. Another good beach near Golden Bay is Worser Bay, 113.9km (70.8miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit is recommended for Golden Bay?

The sea temperature at Golden Bay is relatively cold, reaching up to 20°C (68°F) in the months of January, February, and March. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be recommended to feel comfortable, but some people might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving at Golden Bay. However, during June, July, and August, temperatures come down to roughly 11°C (53°F). During these months, a 3-4mm wetsuit is recommended to be able to stay in the water for more than half an hour, but some might even be fine with a good 2/3mm suit . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing near Golden Bay?

Due to significant sea temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and Scuba diving conditions vary quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 11 to 16°C (53-62°F) during summer. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog love this temperature range. However, the conditions usually change during January, February, and March when temperatures reach 15 to 20°C (59-68°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Golden Bay: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Golden Bay...

Do you know what the the city Mavoor in India, the city Bearna in Ireland, and the city Sarrola-Carcopino in France have in common with Golden Bay? Click on the links to find out...