Weather Information

“New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.” –
A friendly reminder from Water Safety New Zealand


Water Safety New Zealand has a range of safe boating resources available for FREE. Make sure you get a copy of these to ensure you stay safe on the water.

  • Safe Boating – an essential guide to boat safety: covers everything you need to know to stay safe on the water from voyage preparation, operating the boat and safety on the water.
  • 2 minute form: A reusable boating intention form. Write on where you’re going and when you’ll be back and leave it with someone trustworthy.


Even though no licence is required to operate a pleasure boat in New Zealand, ignorance of any Maritime Rules or Bylaws is not accepted as an excuse. Failure to comply can lead to fines or prosecution.

Coastguard Boating Education is New Zealand’s leading provider of recreational boating courses. There are courses for all levels of knowledge and ability, including the Day Skipper course, which should be completed by anyone in charge of a boat.

Visit the Coastguard Boating Education website for more information