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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Whangarei Heads, New Zealand

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Whangarei Heads...

Whangarei Heads is a beach in New Zealand. The water temperature around Whangarei Heads varies slightly year round. The temperature ranges from 14.6°C (58.3°F) in August up to 22.8°C (73°F) in the month of January, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 18°C (65°F) and the best time for water activities is winter, since Whangarei Heads 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 Whangarei Heads?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Whangarei Heads is about:
19°C (65°F)

Are there surf spots located close to Whangarei Heads?

Yes, there are a few surf spots close to Whangarei Heads. The closest one is Ocean Beach, which is only 4.1km (4.5miles) away from Whangarei Heads. Click here for directions and to check out more information on Ocean Beach and its water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Whangarei Heads are Pataua, which is approximately 7.2km (4.5miles) away, and Sandy Bay, located 17.9km (11.1miles) from Whangarei Heads.

Are there any other beaches close by?

There are some beautiful beaches in proximity to Whangarei Heads. The closest one is Matapouri, which is just 17.2km (10.7miles) away from Whangarei Heads. Another gorgeous beach near Whangarei Heads is Bayleys Beach, which is approximately 43.3km (26.9miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit is needed for Whangarei Heads?

The sea temperature at Whangarei Heads is warm, reaching up to 23°C (73°F) in the months of December, January, and February. During this time, in the summer, a light top or a jumpsuit might be required to stay in the water for more than half an hour, but some people might even be fine without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving at Whangarei Heads. However, during late summer, sea temperatures reach lows of approximately 15°C (58°F). During this season, a 4/3 wetsuit is recommended to be able to stay in the water for extended hours, but some might even be ok with a good-quality 2/3mm suit . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to have a pair of boots and a hoodie.

How is the diving and fishing close to Whangarei Heads?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 15 to 20°C (58-67°F) during July, August, and September. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions usually change during December, January, and February when temperatures range from 18 to 23°C (64-73°F). Fish which can frequently be found in waters with these temperatures include: Bigeye Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Spotted Seatrout, and White Marlin.

Directions to Whangarei Heads: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Whangarei Heads...

Do you know what the the city Buger in Spain, the island Filfla in Malta, and Suno Saki Canyon have in common with Whangarei Heads? Click on the links to find out...