New Zealand is a country where water sports are a pastime for pretty much everyone! With approx. 15,000 km of Coastline and a temperate climate summer, sun and sea go hand in hand.
Some of the great water sports you can enjoy around the white sand shorelines of the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast include …
The warm waters of the Hauraki Gulf are ideal for fishing. Surf casting and rock fishing can be done off the coastal rocks and cliffs.
Otherwise booking a charter trip and head out into the ocean. Shorter trips are ideal for catching snapper, kingfish, terakihi, kowhai or gurnard or you can head further afield and experience the thrill of game fishing for black marlin, striped marlin or broadbill.
Scuba diving is another very popular recreational activity with an abundance of sealife to explore including stingrays and sharks. Dive courses are available from many local companies or if you have your certificate you can join expeditions that head to popular spots including the Poor Knights and Hen and Chicks (North) or Great Barrier Island, Little Barrier Island or numerous spots around the coastline.
With a number of surf beaches on the East Coast or a short trip across Auckland to the black sand surf of the West Coast surfing is very popular. Surf beaches include Orewa, Red Beach and good storm surf from particularly the northern end of Takapuna.
Harnessing the wind through the parachute of a kitesurf can offer an amazing water thrill. Popular off all beaches when a stiff breeze is blowing the colourful chutes and spectacle of the sport can offer thrills even for the spectators.
A combination of the elements of sailing and surfing windsurfing has been a popular water sport for many years. Lessons are available from many beach locations and also on Lake Pupuke in Takapuna or if you are experienced board hire is another option. For details on term and school holiday programmes on Lake Pupuke see our holiday programmes page, Ph Alan on 021 958 812 or visit www.madloop.co.nz
With a sailing club at many of the East Coast and Whangaparaoa Bays sailing is a popular sport with a full sailing programme and competitions between local clubs. Sailing lessons are available to locals or visitors or for those wanting the thrill of spending time on the larger yachts there are often opportunities through the local boating clubs or of course many trips heading out from downtown Auckland. For details on sailing or hiring Hobie Cats on Lake Pupuke, Ph Alan on 021 958 812 or visit www.meltemibeachcats.co.nz
Stand up paddleboarding is a relatively new sport on the scene. Originating in Hawaii it is an off shoot of surfing. Standing on a board with a paddle generally this is done in relatively calm waters, however, some do incorporate the sport alongside riding the surf! Boards and paddles are available for hire in a number of places and lessons are also offered.
Jetski fun is always great off shore and jetskis can be hired from a number of spots around the coast.
Often kayaks are available for hire from some of the local beaches but if you want to venture further afield kayak tours can take you to explore some of the world class marine environments, paddle to small islands, search for dolphins or surf the waves.
Again water skiing is popular and great if you have your own boat but there are a number of places where you can book
If you enjoy sitting back and taking in the sea air and scenery a boat cruise may be for you. Chartering your own or tours are available from a number of spots or you can take a trip to a wonderful destination such as the Hauraki Gulf Islands of Waiheke, Kawau, Rangitoto and others or just head out around the harbour to see the scenery, dolphins, penguins and sometimes the occasional whale!