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Red at Night, Sailors Delight

Rainbow and a Paterson Inlet Squall

After the storm

Mares Tails, an approaching storm

Aurora Australis from Observation Rock

Red in the Morning, Sailors warning

Stewart Island Weather, Tides, Aurora & Webcam

My Interest in the Weather

All my life I have looked over my shoulder at the weather. It started with shepherding on my parents farm, reinforced during my time “On the Hill” as a forest ranger and later as a fisherman. And even today as a tour guide, as I really want the best possible experience for my guests. And as I get older I find myself more and more prone to rust. Of course as a fisherman the tides were all important and during night passages especially to and from Fiordland I was often fascinated by the Aurora displays.

So this page is addresses those three interests

Sails Ashore Webcam.

The view is out from our sunroom, over the Village of Oban, Halfmoon Bay and Foveaux Straits beyond

The camera position is 46.54.04 S, 168.07.33 E Heading 30 deg M

Sails Ashore webcam, Stewart Island

Sails Ashore Webcam. Image uploaded every 1 minute, 24/7 Time stamp NZDST.

Stewart Island Flights Cam

Not long after our first web cam went live “Stewart Island Flights” who are our local Air Service told me they would log on several times a day for a quick visual on conditions and visibility here. And occasionally they would suggest that I turn the camera to point at a local hill which was actually their preferred reference for cloud ceiling. …… Low cloud is not unknown on Stewart Island …..But Garden Mound is not really the view we wished on our camera so i always just declined. My old camera went down in May and it took me a couple of weeks to get a new one and have it running …. projects are not always easy on an Island !!!…I got lots of growlings from the pilots until it was running again. So I suggested that if they gave me a good outdoor camera I would point it at Garden Mound just for them.

And so here it is. .

Stewart Island Flights weather cam. Garden Mound is the reference point, and is the rounded hill slightly left of the roof corner. This view will flare badly in bright late afternoon sun. Not an issue for the pilots as if it is sunny then the visibility is excellent for them. The image updates every 10 minutes

Last Months History
Last Year History

    Sails Ashore, Stewart Island Tides


This forecast comes courtesy of Victoria University (Wellington) and in my experience is the most accurate available for this part of Stewart Island

One of the problems with Aurora watching is that we have lots of cloudy weather. Another issue for us at Sails Ashore is that as we face north, and are under the crest of a hill our southern horizon is quite high. So we don’t see the Aurora quite as often as we would like.

Aurora Predictions

Wind speed.

Sails Ashore is quite sheltered from winds from WSW through South to SE.
This can mean that the high gusts as recorded are about the average wind on open water.

Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street, Stewart Island, 9846 NEW ZEALAND

+64 3 219 1151

Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz