Kiteboarding code of conduct

Beginners are strongly advised to take lessons from a professional instructor or school – self-taught kiteboarding can be dangerous to you and to other people.

The speed of all vessels in Northland is restricted to 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel or 200 metres of the shore. Exemptions for board sports are outlined in our navigation safety bylaw:

Take note exclamation mark. In Ruakākā and Waipū estuaries, board sports are prohibited.


  • Check the forecast and local conditions before riding.
  • Do not go out in an offshore wind.
  • If the beach and shoreline are very busy, wait until it’s less busy or find a clear spot.
  • Do not spend unnecessary time flying your kite on land – get onto the water as soon as possible.
  • Be aware of strong tides and currents.

Rights of way

  • Give way to all other water users.
  • When crossing, upwind riders should fly their kite high, downwind riders should fly theirs low.
  • A rider coming onto the beach from the water should give way to a rider leaving the beach.
  • A rider on the port tack should give way to a rider on starboard tack.
  • Always look around before turning or performing a trick.

Kiteboarding code of conduct for riding

  • When kiteboarding away from the beach, start downwind of other water users or more than 50m away from them and upwind.
  • Do not fly your kite over the beach while kitesurfing on the water.
  • Do not jump/perform tricks within 50m of the beach or within 50m of anyone downwind of you.
  • Know how to perform a deep-water self-rescue.
  • Help anyone in need of assistance.
  • Inform the relevant local authorities if your kite or board is lost.
  • It is better not to ride alone. If you do, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.