Lake Clearwater

  • Lake Clearwater
  • Lake Clearwater
  • Lake Clearwater
  • Lake Clearwater

Water type: Lake

Water conditions: Flat, chop

Beach conditions: No information

Kite Level:

NE/E/SE
(Be safe and never kite Offshore)

Easterlies – Great flat water sailing at southern end of lake. Easterly can be very smooth, often in the 20 to 3oknt range.
Southerly – Similar to easterlies.
Westerly – Is gusty & offshore at camp site. NOT suitable for Kiteboarding
Northerly – Gusty, can produce great speed kiting conditions on northern bank

Parking: Yes

Camping: Yes

Food: Nearby

Shower: No

Toilet: No

How to get there: Go south out of Christchurch towards Ashburton. Turn off at Rakaia (40min), follow sign posts to Mt Somers (50 min) , then follow signs to Lake Clearwater (20 mins). ( last 10 Kms is gravel road) 

Best for intermediate to advanced kiters. Launching is tricky & conditions can get extreme very rapidly.

Wind directions:
North Westerly – Best hi wind conditions. Can be gusty and wind can easily get up to 35knts +… often 50Knts + in summer. Nw can build very rapidly, always be aware of conditions.
Easterlies – Great flat water sailing at southern end of lake. Easterly can be very smooth, often in the 20 to 3oknt range.
Southerly – Similar to easterlies.
Westerly – Is gusty & offshore at camp site. NOT suitable for Kiteboarding
Northerly – Gusty, can produce great speed kiting conditions on northern bank.

DANGERS – The wind can change in an instance. It gets very windy here , very big gusts can happen unexpectedly, experience is required. Go with mates , don’t go solo , it is isolated.
– Lake is surrounded by matagouri (thorn bushes), many a kite has been dealt to by these pricks.–

KITERS BEWARE – Stay away from the island, (it is the Bermuda Triangle of islands)- It is a nature reserve & does strange things with the wind




Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: