Finding the Wind

Real Time Wind Recording

  • For wind at Jardine'shttp://www.nzoneskydive.co.nz/weather/current_wizard.htm
  • For wind at Queenstown airporthttp://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/queenstown (Slight variations from the lake but in general if its 20+ it is just about sailable for a short board windsurfer.)
  • For wind on Coronet Peak - phone the Coronet Wind Talker on 03 4427832 . Set up for paragliders, it gives 5 consecutive readings. If it’s a northerly be careful, this is the least reliable as the wind swings a lot where the reciever is located so ring a few times and get an average.
  • For wind at Glenorchy - http://holfuy.com/en/data/278
  • For wind in Dunedin - https://www.portotago.co.nz/our-harbour/harbour-conditions/
  • For wind on Lake Dunstan - south of lake  and north of lake (anything that is recording N/NW is good, NE is possible)

Queenstown Wind and Weather Forecasts

  • Radio:         David Crow extended weather forecast every day Q92FM at 9.35am

Have a Look from Up High!

  • In general if you go up somewhere high and look at both arms of the lake you should be able to get an idea what is happening. In town Belfast Terrace, Edinburgh Drive and the top of Man street are all good spots as are many spots at Fernhill. Look down at the boats near the Kelvin Heights golf course, are they facing South or West? Look down the southern arm of the lake, can you see a darker wind line further down the lake? Are there thermal type cumulus clouds sitting on the top of the Remarkables? (maybe a southerly will come through). Look over to Walter Peak, if you can see some white wave tops just behind Walter Peak this is usually a sign that the NW is happening further up the lake.

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