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*Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown

S shaped, 90 km long and 3-4 km wide, road access allows sailing in all conditions and abilities. Queenstown is a favourite spot for tourists and it's no wonder: you can go jet-boating, rafting take a bungi jump or a helicopter ride, dine on the old ferry as it cruises the lake or at the top of the chairlift over- looking the Remark- able mountains. You can fly over the Southern Alps to the Milford Sound and there's ski fields all around the area.

Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 81
Info Centre: Cnr Shotover & Camp Sts, Queenstown. Ph 03 442 8238.
Local Shop: Windsurf Mania. Industrial Place. Ph 03 442 6590.


Chop jumpingSlalomRace boardLearnerRiggingCampingHIRE
Right in the main town, there is a campground, toilets, BBQ, rigging and parking areas.
Suits: Slalom, longboarding. Beginners....
Wind: NW = onshore. On fine days wind builds from afternoon Westerleys 5-10 knots to evening Southerleys 10-25 knots.
Water: Flat - small chop. Shallow in most of the bay.
Watch: Other lake users - a popular spot.
Hire School: Available from Frankton Beach Hire.
In Detail: On Frankton Arm in front of THC Remarkables Hotel, popular with sailors all abilities, good learner location with 1-1.5m water, sandy bottom. 2 windsurfer and hobie cat hire firms. Lake breeze 5-10 knots mid morning to mid afternoon. Southerly thermal 15-20 late afternoon, dies 1 hr after sunset. N/NW create onshore gusty conditions, chop if strong. Southerlies are side shore allowing long reaches up Frankton Arm.


Chop jumpingSlalomRace boardRiggingCamping
10 minutes drive from Frankton down the south arm of the lake. is the windiest place on the lake. Camping facilities, parking and grass areas.
Suits: Slalom. Intermediate....
Wind: On fine days, a strong Southerly blows from 3.30pm onwards.
Water: Wind swell builds up to 1.5 metres.
Watch: Your gear is safe- there are 5 km of cliffs before the next landing place.
In Detail: about 15km south of Frankton, windiest spot in South Arm for southerlies/southerly thermals. Turn down lake just before cottage and bridge, through gate and across fields. Follow track to creek mouth. Camping _may_ be tolerated (no dogs).


Chop jumpingSlalomRigging
Exactly one mile from the centre PO in Queenstown in the direction of Glenorchy. There are toilets, a car park and a pebbly beach.
Suits: Slalom. Intermediate....
Wind: NW, W, SW can reach up to 25 knots and more. 90 knots recorded
Water: Wind swell builds up to 4 ft.
Watch: Ferry and yacht traffic in the channel. Waterspouts in high winds - secure your gear!
In Detail: Just past youth hostel on Glenorchy road at mouth of Queenstown Bay, beach between One Mile Creek carpark and Two Mile Creek. Catch westerlies and Nwesterlies, gusts up to 90 knots! Watch out for williwaws and waterspouts (hurly-gurlies).

4 Kingston Beach

Southern end, good sailing in northerly cond. A few km towards Queenstown access via roadside reserves gives good sailing in southerly thermals which build up to 20 knots in hot afternoons.

5 Jardines Woolshed

"J-Bay" locals catch evening thermals here. Access across Dick and Gillian Jardine's station,Permission required before driving down to beach. See Windsurf Mania in Queenstown. Good in southerlies, sometimes too strong (how strong is that?), chop can reach 2m with dumpy shore break.

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