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

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

Porpoise Bay is a surf spot in New Zealand. The water temperature around Porpoise Bay varies slightly year round. The temperature ranges from 8.1°C (46.6°F) in August up to 15.2°C (59.3°F) in the month of February, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 11°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late winter, since Porpoise 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 Porpoise Bay?

The current water temperature in the month of December at Porpoise Bay is about:
0°C (32°F)

Are there any other surf spots located close to Porpoise Bay?

Yes, there are a few surf spots close to Porpoise Bay. The nearest one is Dinner Plates, which is just 4km (2.5miles) away from Porpoise Bay. Click here for directions and to check out more information on Dinner Plates and its water temperature. Another fun surfspot near Porpoise Bay is Papatowai, which is roughly 18.3km (11.4miles) away.

Are there beaches close by?

There are not too many beaches in proximity to Porpoise Bay. The closest decent beach is Oreti Beach, which is just 44.2km (27.4miles) away from Porpoise Bay. Another fun beach near Porpoise Bay is Tunnel Beach, roughly 82.5km (51.2miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness do I need for Porpoise Bay?

The sea temperature at Porpoise Bay is pretty cold, reaching up to 15°C (59°F) in the months of January, February, and March. During this time, in the late summer, a 3-4mm wetsuit is required to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a good-quality 2/3mm suit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Porpoise Bay. However, during July, August, and September, temperatures drop down to nearly 8°C (47°F). During this time, a 5/4 wetsuit is recommended to feel not too cold, but some might even be fine with a very good 4/3mm suit for short periods of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to have a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing close to Porpoise Bay?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes during the year, fishing and diving conditions vary quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 8 to 13°C (47-56°F) during summer. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions usually change during January, February, and March when temperatures range from 10 to 15°C (50-59°F). Fish which can often be found in waters of this temperature range include: Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog.

Directions to Porpoise Bay: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Porpoise Bay...

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