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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Latitude: 41° 19.91' S
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Distance to a city In the city
Access time Instant access (< 5min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Public access? Public access
Special access No access issues
Spot quality Good
Kite/wind? Good for KiteSurf, Good for WindSurf
Style Wave, Freestyle, Freeride, Bump & Jump
Dangers Other water craft
Week crowd Crowded
Week-end crowd Crowded
Water quality Clean
Current Low ( < 1 knot)
Before sailing in Lyall Bay you MUST contact the airport control tower (particularly if you're the first there) and ask permission prior to launch (04) 387 1980 . The control tower has the full responsibility for all airspace around the area and has the power to stop kites flying at Lyall. Some people have already been pulled over by airport security for launching without warning. Please obey their instructions and keep them happy. Local kitesurfers have worked hard to maintain a good working relationship with the control tower. Please respect these guidelines to keep Lyall bay open to kitesurfers. Please do not call the airport control tower just to ask the wind speed, use the web links
Special Circumstances on Lyall
These rules apply elsewhere but we are under the watchful eye of the airport, the surf club and the harbour master, it is not uncommon elsewhere in New Zealand that kiters are restricted on beaches, we need to preserve our integrity by realising we are one user of the beach and take special care on all beaches, lyall in particular can be a log jam and is very dangerous.
- give the public 50m space at all times, watch the lauch, wait for people to walk
- when riding past surfers, avoid spraying them with your wash, it can hurt if you get too close
- do not fly your kite over people when walking on the beach, send it to the other side of the window and then walk around them
- do not ride through surf events, get upwind and get around them.
Setting up for the Launch
The only place to set-up, launch and land in Lyall bay is at the far west end/corner of the beach, in front of the toilet block, where the windsurfers also rig and launch from. This the most upwind point in the bay. Launching anywhere east of the lifesaving club buildings is not advisable as it is almost impossible to sail upwind through the shorebreak here. Please do NOT attempt to launch down at the east end of the beach by the airport.The beach is long and sandy but can be very narrow at high tide, so launching is recommended at low tide. A main road runs adjacent to the beach and not only does it have the usual power lines but also has high voltage bus power cables too. Launching in the corner can be gusty. Definitely not a place for the novice!
On the Water
Sailing is restricted to the west side of the bay, the Briscoes building marks the end of the fly zone, even better turn back at the ACCOUNTANTS building. Lyall Bay offers some of Wellingtons best conditions with good wind and waves for the advanced rider. The normal Southerly wind is cross-onshore from the right meaning starboard tack to get out through the surf. Lyall throws up some great rideable waves which can be ridden upwind (port tack) or down-the-line on starboard.
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