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Petone - Eastbourne Downwinder

North Island



(Clockwise from East)

East Side

  • Doubtless Bay
  • Poor Knights Crossing - Tutukaka - Poor Knights Islands 28 km 2018 Race Video
  • Oceans Beach - Tutukaka 17 -19 km?? video
  • Orewa
    • (N to S) Otarawao (Sullivan’s Bay) in Mahurangi Regional Park to Orewa Beach 9-10 km
    • (SE to NW) Army Bay to Orewa Beach 15 km
  • Red Beach - Army Bay 10 km Downwindfun
  • Auckland Area
    • French Bay (end of Otitori Bay Road) to Cornwallis Wharf. 9km. Semi sheltered start then a good building run down to the wharf.
    • Glendowie to Akarana Ocean Paddlers HQ 8 km video, video
    • Hobsonville to Okahu Bay 16+ km video
    • Manukau Harbour
    • Mission Bay - Karaka Bay 12 km - calm day video
    • Rangitoto Beacon - Okahu Bay ~ 8 km video
    • Okahu Bay video out and back from Akarana Clubhouse
    • Takapuna laps video
    • Waiheke - Auckland Harbour 35-50 km Downwindfun
    • Waikowhai (end of Waikowhai road off Hillsborough Road) to Cornwallis Wharf. 14km. Great course with ENE wind. The bumps will increase the further we go down the track.
    • Waitemata Harbour video
    • Whangaparaoa Peninsula - Takapuna Boating Club 23 km
    • West Park Marina - Royal Akarana Yacht Club 15 km video
  • Tauranga
    • Tauranga Harbour video
    • Mount Maunganui Harbour Entrance video (out and back)
  • Waiheki Island

South End

Lowry Bay Dolphins (no sound)

West Side

  • Downwinders
    • Auckland (West Side - See Manukau Harbour above)
    • Raglan Harbour video
    • Whanganui video
  • Flatwater
    • Manawatu River (Foxton River Loop Section) video
  • Surf - Needless to say the usual rules and etiquette of surfing apply. And you also have to figure out what, where, and how are appropriate for your skill level. Surfing shorebreak in a surfski becomes an increasingly advanced, demanding skill as bigger waves are attempted and clearly presents ample opportunity for damage to boat, body, and neighbor.
    • Foxton Beach video
    • Manu Bay
    • Whale Bay
    • Indicators
    • Ngarunui Beach
    • Ruapuke Beach

South Island


(can get afternoon thermals - water usually cold)

  • Lake Tekapo
  • Lake Wakatipu (site of Deep South Downwind Race)
    • Northery wind: Glenorchy to Pigeon Island 8 km
    • Southerly wind: Wye Creek to Jardines ?10 km



  • Dunedin


  • From Standupzone comment: “During winter and spring our prevailing winds are westerlies and storms from the south, and in summer we get northerners and noreasters from tropical storms”




Adaptive Paddling






Tauranga Harbour

new_zealand.txt · Last modified: 2023/10/07 11:22 by preavley