Kaikoura Water Temperature

(Today) 2024

11.3°C / 52.3°F

The water will feel cool (fresh). Probably too cold for all but seasoned swimmers. We'd recommend a 4mm or 5mm wetsuit if you want to stay in the water.

Current weather

10°C / 50°F
(overcast clouds)
Partly cloudy
Wind
14 mph
Humidity
79%

The measurements for the water temperature in Kaikoura, Canterbury are provided by the daily satellite readings provided by the NOAA. The temperatures given are the sea surface temperature (SST) which is most relevant to recreational users.

Water temp by month

Monthly average max / min water temperatures

The graph below shows the range of monthly Kaikoura water temperature derived from many years of historical sea surface temperature data.

Kaikoura average maximum / minimum water temperatures
Maximum and minimum monthly sea temperatures in Kaikoura
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °C 14.1 14.7 14.5 12.7 11.7 10.4 10 9.4 10.2 10.5 11.8 12.9
Max °C 17.7 18.3 17.2 15.7 14.1 12.5 11.9 12 12.4 13.3 14.4 16.6
Min °F 58.8 59.9 59.1 56.1 54 51.5 50.7 50 51.2 52 54.3 56.7
Max °F 62.4 63.5 61.8 59.1 56.4 53.6 52.6 52.6 53.4 54.8 56.9 60.4

The warmest water temperature is in February with an average around 61.7°F / 16.5°C. The coldest month is August with an average water temperature of 51.3°F / 10.7°C.


7 day tide forecast for Kaikoura

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
  • High 12:38am
    (1.76m)
  • Low 6:51am
    (0.67m)
  • High 1:06pm
    (1.8m)
  • Low 7:21pm
    (0.76m)
  • High 1:24am
    (1.77m)
  • Low 7:33am
    (0.67m)
  • High 1:53pm
    (1.85m)
  • Low 8:11pm
    (0.75m)
  • High 2:12am
    (1.79m)
  • Low 8:16am
    (0.67m)
  • High 2:39pm
    (1.9m)
  • Low 8:57pm
    (0.73m)
  • High 2:59am
    (1.82m)
  • Low 9:02am
    (0.65m)
  • High 3:24pm
    (1.94m)
  • Low 9:42pm
    (0.69m)
  • High 3:46am
    (1.85m)
  • Low 9:50am
    (0.63m)
  • High 4:10pm
    (1.98m)
  • Low 10:27pm
    (0.64m)
  • High 4:32am
    (1.87m)
  • Low 10:40am
    (0.58m)
  • High 4:57pm
    (2.01m)
  • Low 11:15pm
    (0.59m)
  • High 5:19am
    (1.89m)
  • Low 11:29am
    (0.52m)
  • High 5:44pm
    (2.04m)
7 day tide times for Kaikoura

*These tide times are estimates based on the nearest accurate location (Kaikoura, New Zealand) and may differ by up to half an hour depending on distance. Please note, the tide times given are not suitable for navigational purposes.