Kiteboarding code of conduct for Northland

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.

Note: In Ruakākā and Waipū estuaries, board sports are prohibited.

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

Conditions

  • 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.