Local Windsurfing Spots

The map shows the most popular Wellington windsurfing spots, clicking each location will give you more information. Wairarapa also offers great windsurfing.

Wellington's wind

The capital of New Zealand is a very windy place positioned in a corridor of wind between the North and South Islands.

By far the most common wind direction is from the North (37% of the time) followed by Southerly, but the capital has windsurfing spots to suit pretty much any wind direction nature throws at us.
  • Wellington is the windiest main centre in New Zealand with a mean annual wind speed of 22 km/h.
  • Wellington also has an average of 22 days per year with mean wind speeds over 63 km/h (40 knots).
  • Wellington averages 173 days a year with wind gusts greater than about 60 km/h or 32 knots.
  • October is generally the windiest month of the year with a mean of 27 days with wind speeds over 15 knots, 19 of those days are over 20 knots.
  • Wellington is one of the windiest cities in the world (possibly the windiest) and is windier than other southern windy cities including Cape Town, Perth, and Geraldton.
  • The strongest wind speeds in Wellington were recorded at Hawkins Hill of 248km/h (134 knots) on the 6 November 1959 and 4 July 1962.
The windiest time of year is the months of September - January, but if you are keen you can sail right through winter since the strong cold southerlies generally take over and are pretty regular from May through to August.
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