Canterbury Lakes Discovery Trip

Canterbury Lakes Foiling & Windsurf Trip

A six night Wingfoil, Windfoil or Windsurf holiday to discover New Zealand’s stunning Canterbury Lakes in the Central South Island.

These High Country lakes offer epic sailing in some of the most picturesque regions in the world. From crystal clear waters of Lake Ohau, Aviemore and Benmore to turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and Tekapo. We aim to explore a different spot each day. The summer thermal winds are strong and reliable!

Our Surfaris are all inclusive, meaning you don’t need to do a thing except book the trip and get to Queenstown (fly) or Twizel (drive).




6 nights quality accommodation

Single/twin/double share available.


Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - fully catered throughout your stay.


All transport for you and your gear included during your stay.

Flying in

Pick up and drop off - Queenstown Airport.

Local knowledge

We ensure you will be at the right spot at the right time.


Professional photos taken of you on the water.

Where can you sail

The MacKenzie District of Canterbury offers a variety of great lake locations for wingfoiling, freeriding and speed runs with regular summer alpine thermals off the mountains, a bit like a mix of Maui and Lake Garda without the crowds.

With two easy access spots its well known for its beautiful foiling and freeride conditions and its unbelievably clear water. There is an awesome swell building if the wind direction is right and you want to test you and your gear.

Lake Benmore is New Zealand’s largest artificial lake that can get nice sailing in Easterlies. Lake Aviemore’s thermal winds in summer switch on like clockwork. Both of these lakes are very forgiving and super popular holiday spots, perfect locations for foiling and free riding.

The largest of the three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin. The brilliant turquoise water sitting in the snow peaked shadow of Aoraki / Mt Cook. Access can be more challenging in spots however this is one of the most picturesque lakes on our tour.

Post card picturesque with impossibly blue water, a sailing paradise with easy gravel beach access. This is a foilers dream come true.

What to expect

You will be taken on a six night fully catered wingfoil, windfoil and windsurf experience to the centre of the South Island. You are hosted in the peaceful settlement of Twizel. The timing of your trip is tailored to capture the summer thermal weather conditions, maximising your water time.

is in Twizel and offers plenty of room for everyone to hang out. Centrally located to easily access the five lakes. You will enjoy the large living spaces and comfortable bedrooms

It starts with a continental breakfast, locally baked breads and fresh coffee brewed (or tea!).

A hearty lunch is individually packed to allow you freedom to roam.

The day finishes with a wholesome meal followed by desert and a lot of tall stories!

taking professional action shots of you on the water which are available to purchase at discounted rates.

You are picked you up from and returned to Queenstown Airport by shuttle with a covered luggage trailer to transport your equipment.

You are driven to one of the five lakes each day by shuttle based on optimal weather conditions. We ensure you are at the right place at the right time to maximise your day on the water. It is however ultimately your judgement on your ability to sail in the presented conditions.

If you prefer to self-drive to Twizel you are welcome to join the coach transport each day or choose your independence. This is an ideal option if you wish to bring a partner that’s not into wind/water sports.

NB: Gear shuttle expectation is one board + foil + three wings/sails. Naturally you may have larger expectations, contact us to discuss your gear requirements.

What you need to know

  • 6 nights accommodation.
  • 5 full days in paradise!
  • Queenstown Airport shuttle on 5th and 11th February.
  • Shuttle transport to each sailing location.
  • Plus gear transport by covered trailer.
  • Sailing spot advice.
  • Weather conditions advice.
  • 6 x continental breakfast.
  • 6 x picnic lunch.
  • 6 x dinner with complimentary glass of wine.
  • your own equipment (unless arranged prior).

If you are unsure what equipment you should bring, please contact us.

  • This trip is suitable for intermediate to expert wingfoil, windfoil and windsurfer (please note: we currently do not offer lessons or tuition).

If you are unsure if this trip is suitable for you, please contact us.

What you want to know

2023 Season

2024 Season

  • To be confirmed

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Request a date that suits you! Get a crew of four (minimum) and contact us for a Custom Surfari.

  • $2495 NZD Standard single room.
  • $1995 NZD Small single room (3 available)
  • $1895 NZD Bring a friend per each (2 x small single rooms, must be booked together).
  • $1695 NZD Double room / Twin share room per person (must be booked together).
  • $POA NZD  available by prior arrangement.
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