Welcome to your playground! Whether you’re new to boating or a boating aficionado, we encourage you to explore this beautiful country from coast to coast.
New Zealand is a boaties’ paradise. As many boat owners would testify, the moment you climb aboard, you’ll immediately feel miles away from your everyday hectic life and you are always guaranteed to have the best views in the house. Each part of the country offers a range of different fresh and saltwater boating environments. Local knowledge is the key to getting the best out of any area. Here’s an introduction to some of New Zealand’s favourite boating regions.
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Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands in the north is one of the country’s top boating desinations, dotted with islands to explore and full of beautiful snorkelling and diving spots. The image source.
The waters of the Waikato River are perfect for small boats and those who enjoy kayaking, water skiing or exploring. The image source.
As well as sheltered coastal waters, Hawkes Bay offers a variety of rivers and lakes for exploring. Dolphins can sometimes be seen in the area too! The images source.
Situated on Auckland’s doorstep, the Hauraki Gulf contains a number of diverse islands offering calm sandy beaches, rugged wild landscapes and areas dedicated to wildlife conservation. The image source
Bay of Plenty
The harbours around the sunny Bay of Plenty in the central North Island provide shelter, sandy beaches and great fishing. The image source.
Home to New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupo’s typically calm waters are great for kayaking, sailing, watersports and freshwater fishing. The image source.
New Zealand’s capital is built around a clear, wide harbour and offers of plenty of boating activity variety. The image source.
Nelson and Marlborough Sounds
The Sounds are home to the sort of wild, rugged and beautiful scenery most often seen on postcards and paintings. A must-visit destination for any lover of nature. The image source.
Boating destinations within the large Canterbury region are many and varied – from braided rivers to wide expanses of ocean boasting whales, dolphins and other sea life. The image source.
A small rural community south of Christchurch, Rakaia – home to the Rakaia River – is known as the best fly fishing spot in the country. The image source.