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: www.nrc.govt.nz/navigationbylaw
Note: 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.