Big deep blue lake in a stunning mountain setting. The NW comes in strong, and it’s not completely unusual to get too much wind there. Check the Canterbury High Country forecasts, and avoid the trip if a gale is on the menu. Nice to get there when the NW doesn’t make it all the way to the coast in Chch. Wind typically kicks in around midday, when boating and fishing comes to an end, and increases as the day goes by.
While there is another spot on the lake, by the power station intake, favoured by windsurfers, Ryton Bay is a bit more kite friendly with ample launching space, and provided you don’t venture past the first headland, that little gravelly bay is perfect to catch you downwind if something wrong happens, with easy walk back to launch. Originally a kite destination, I rediscovered this spot for a wing foiling perspective, and it ticks many boxes. Even if wind can be a bit gusty at times, this is not too stressful on a wing, and easy to foil through the lulls, or just sit for a few minutes until it’s gone. Easy entry/exit with gravel banks, good rolling lake swell once the wind is 25+, and really stunning landscape. Water temp around 14C in summer, super cold in Sept due to snow melt.