East auckland current

From Glossary of Meteorology



East Auckland Current

The continuation of the East Australian Current along the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island; the current is thus part of the western boundary current system of the South Pacific subtropical gyre.

During summer (December–March) it continues southward as the East Cape Current to reach the Chatham Rise. During winter (June–August) some of it separates from the shelf and flows eastward into the Pacific, forming a temperature front along 29°S.