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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near The Gap, New Zealand

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about The Gap...

The Gap is a surf spot in New Zealand. The water temperature around The Gap changes slightly throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 10.7°C (51.3°F) in September up to 18.5°C (65.4°F) in the month of January, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 15°C (60°F) and the best time for water activities is winter, since The Gap 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 The Gap?

The current water temperature in the month of May at The Gap is ca:
16°C (62°F)

Are there any other surf spots near by?

There are not many surf spots in close proximity to The Gap. A spot that might be worth checking out is Tora, which is 55.3km (34.3miles) away from The Gap. Click here for directions and for more information on Tora and its water temperature. Another surfspot near The Gap is Paekakariki, which is approximately 66.1km (41miles) away.

Are there sandy beaches near by?

There are not many beaches in close proximity to The Gap. One beach, which is not too far away, is Paraparaumu Beach, which is just 64.9km (40.3miles) away from The Gap. Another gorgeous beach near The Gap is Worser Bay, 77.4km (48.1miles) away.

What wetsuit thickness is recommended for The Gap?

The sea temperature at The Gap is relatively cold, reaching up to 19°C (65°F) in the months of December, January, and February. During this time, in the summer, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be recommended to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . Nevertheless, during early fall, water temperatures drop down to roughly 11°C (51°F). During these months, a 4-5mm wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for more than 20 minutes, but some might even be fine with a very high-quality 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing near The Gap?

Due to significant sea temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 11 to 16°C (51-60°F) during fall. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions change during winter when water temperatures range from 14 to 19°C (56-65°F). Fish which like to swim in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to The Gap: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about The Gap...

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