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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near New Plymouth, New Zealand

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about New Plymouth...

New Plymouth is a coastal city in New Zealand. It is a comparatively little coastal town close to the water with a population of 49168 people. The water temperature around New Plymouth changes moderately throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 13.7°C (56.6°F) in August up to 21°C (69.8°F) in the month of March, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 17°C (63°F) and the best time for water activities is early spring, since New Plymouth 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 near New Plymouth?

The current water temperature in the month of January near New Plymouth is approximately:
18°C (65°F)

Are there surf spots near New Plymouth?

Yes, there are several surf spots close to New Plymouth. The closest one is Fitzroy Beach, which is only 1.8km (1.5miles) away from New Plymouth. Click here for directions and for more information on Fitzroy Beach and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near New Plymouth are Break water, which is 2.4km (1.5miles) away, and Mikotai, located approximately 3km (1.9miles) from New Plymouth.

Are there nice beaches close by?

No, not too many beaches are located in proximity to New Plymouth. The closest decent beach is Golden Bay, which is 128.2km (79.6miles) away from New Plymouth. If you have some extra time, you can also check out Paraparaumu Beach, which is 134.6km (83.6miles) away from New Plymouth.

What wetsuit is needed for New Plymouth?

The water temperature around New Plymouth is relatively cold, reaching up to 21°C (70°F) in the months of February, March, and April. During this time, in the early fall, a 3/2 wetsuit might be required to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . However, during July, August, and September, temperatures drop down to nearly 14°C (57°F). During these months, a 3-4mm wetsuit is required to feel comfortable, but some might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to have a pair of boots and a hoodie.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to New Plymouth?

Due to relatively large temperature changes throughout the year, diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 14 to 19°C (57-66°F) during July, August, and September. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions change during February, March, and April when temperatures reach 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish which like to swim in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to New Plymouth: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about New Plymouth...

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