Weather in Kaikoura Beach, Canterbury Region, New Zealand in February

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Visiting Kaikoura Beach, Canterbury Region, New Zealand in February

Sea temperatures are a cold 17°C (62°F). February is too cold for swimming in Kaikoura Beach for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

February brings more sunny days and calm sea conditions to Kaikoura Beach. Swimming and sunbathing are enjoyable during this month, and the warm weather attracts many beachgoers. Snorkeling, diving, and surfing remain popular due to the clear water visibility and favorable sea conditions. Also consider one of our other suggestions for February.

Can you swim in Kaikoura Beach in February?

No, February is too cold for swimming in Kaikoura Beach for any length of time, with the sea water at 17°C (62°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

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How sunny is Kaikoura Beach in February?

The average day light hours per day in Kaikoura Beach in February are 13.7. The sunshine percentage is 80% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 11.0hrs making the days very long and bright.

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Crowds in Kaikoura Beach in February

February is still a popular month for beach holidays in Kaikoura, with warm temperatures and relatively calm weather. The crowds may be slightly less than in January, but the beach can still be quite busy, particularly on weekends and Waitangi Day, which is a public holiday in New Zealand.

Sunshine in Kaikoura Beach in February

During February the average day light hours are 13.7 per day in Kaikoura Beach. The sunshine percentage is 80% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 11.0hrs making the days very long and bright.

The ultraviolet index in Kaikoura Beach in February is typically 10.4 during February. An ultraviolet index reading of 8 to 10 indicates a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 15 minutes. Take extra precautions because unprotected skin and eyes will be damaged and can burn quickly. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm but only with a good application of sun screen. For those with sensitive skin stay in the shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Kaikoura Beach in February

The average sea water temperature in Kaikoura Beach in February is 16.5°C (61.7°F) which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water.