Wellington, New Zealand is the windiest city in the world with an annual average around 16 knots/hr (18 miles/hr). Wellington is located in what is known as a River of Wind, a wind corridor between the South and North Islands of New Zealand. On average, the city sees 173 days above 32 knots and 22 days over 40 knots.
This is a 360 degree pano taken from atop of Castle Rock at Castlepoint in the Wairarapa, New Zealand. Mark Gee made the climb under darkness, which made it somewhat more challenging than normal. Castle Rock stands at a height of 162m above sea level, and the Castlepoint lighthouse is perched 62m above sea level at the opposite end of the beach below.