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