Wind Guidelines - Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour

These are guidelines for experienced steerers to assist in deciding whether to venture out in Te Waka Pounamu craft.

Consider the experience of everyone in your crew in the current conditions, alongside the wind gusts and average wind speed.  

Any wind approaching 10 -15 knots (18 – 25 km/h) should be approached with caution.  

Please check the suggested routes for various wind directions and strengths - start by heading into the wind first, and returning home downwind (with the wind behind you).

Use lpc.co.nz for current wind conditions including gusts. Click on the ‘one minute wind’ in the drop down menu under Historical Weather Information and identify the gust history and pattern.

Wind Guidelines for TWP small waka (OC1, V1 and OC2):

Check lpc.co.nz (current Lyttelton harbour conditions) and metservice.co.nz (current weather, wind gusts and forecast), and do not go out if: 

  • Easterly or North Easterly greater than 25 knots (46 km/h) 

  • Southerly or South Westerly greater than 15 knots (28 km/h) 

  • Northerly or North Westerly gusting greater than 20 knots (37 km/h) 


Wind Guidelines for TWP W6: 
Check lpc.co.nz and metservice.co.nz (current weather and forecast), and do not go out if: 

  • Easterly or North Easterly greater than 25 knots (46 km/h) 

  • Southerly or South Westerly greater than 15 knots (28 km/h) 

  • Northerly or North Westerly gusting greater than 20 knots (37 km/h) 

Wind Guidelines for TWP W12: 

THIS IS A FLAT WATER VESSEL - DO NOT GO NEAR ANY ROUGH WATER


Check lpc.co.nz and metservice.co.nz (current weather and forecast), and do not go out if:

  • Easterly or North Easterly greater than 12 knots (21 km/h) 

  • Southerly or South Westerly greater than 8 knots (15 km/h) 

  • Northerly or North Westerly is gusting greater than 8 knots (15 km/h)