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

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

The rock is a surf spot in New Zealand. The water temperature around The rock changes slightly throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 12.4°C (54.2°F) in August up to 21.6°C (70.9°F) in the month of January, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 17°C (62°F) and the best time for water activities is winter, since The rock 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 rock?

The current water temperature in the month of March at The rock is ca:
19°C (65°F)

Are there any other surf spots near by?

Yes, there are other surf spots in close proximity to The rock. The nearest one is Sponge bay, which is only 0.4km (0.2miles) away from The rock. Click here for directions and for more information on Sponge bay and its water temperature. Another good surfspot near The rock is The Island, which is approximately 0.4km (0.3miles) away.

Are there white sand beaches near by?

Not many beaches are in close proximity to The rock. The closest decent beach is Hot Water Beach, which is almost 175.6km (109miles) away from The rock. If you have some extra time, you can also check out Paraparaumu Beach, ca 220.7km (137.1miles) away from The rock.

What wetsuit thickness is needed for The rock?

The sea temperature at The rock is relatively cold, reaching up to 22°C (71°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 fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . However, during late summer, temperatures drop down to nearly 12°C (54°F). During these months, a 4/3 wetsuit is recommended to feel comfortable, but some people might even be ok with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to have a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing near The rock?

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 12 to 17°C (54-63°F) during July, August, and September. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions normally change during December, January, and February when water temperatures range from 17 to 22°C (62-71°F). Fish which can often be found in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to The rock: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about The rock...

Do you know what the the city Litherland in United Kingdom, the city Mazara II in Italy, and the city Hauville in France have in common with The rock? Click on the links to find out...